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TAYLOR 



AND 

BARBER 
BISHOP 
BLAKELY 
LEE 

RIGDON 
SELLARS 
& OTHERS 




AND 

CARTER 
CROSBY 
DAVIS 
HALL 
JOHNSON 
KEMP 
MILES 
RIVERS 
ROBERSON 
& OTHERS 



MRS. BONNIE TAYLOR BAKER 

Author-Compiler 

JULY 1980 



INDEX 



Page 



CHAPTER I 3 

CHAPTER II 5 

CHAPTER III 7 

CHAPTER IV 12 

CHAPTER V 25 

CHAPTER VI 32 

CHAPTER VII 88 

CHAPTER VIII 92 



Foreword 



, About the Author - Compiler 



General 



Family Background 

a. Tutens 

b. Robersons - Robinsons - Robeson 

c. Carters 

d. Taylors 



Pedegree Charts 

a. Taylor - Bishop - Rigdon - O'Neal 

b . Tuten-Rivers-Mixon-Beach-Downing 

c. Robeson-Carter-Crosby-Crummey 

d. Miles-Kemp-Hall-Green-Colley 

e. Johnson - Davis - Love 



Biographies of each known antecedent in 
Compiler's genealogy (In alphabetical 
sequence) 



Family Churches - Family Cemeteries 



Biographies of Walter Leon (Nick) Taylor 
and his wife Flora Tuten and their ten 
children. 



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ADDENDUM 



Family Photos Page 109 

Bible Records Page 129 

Family Letters Page 136 

Legal Documents Page 141 

In Memoriam Page 156 

Bacon County Historian Page 158 



CHAPTER I 

FOREWORD 



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FOREWORD 

As far as I have been able to research, there has been no information published 
about the families who make up my family pedigree. There are other published 
material on collateral relations which I have received from friends and relatives who 
were most generous in trying to get and give the best and most accurate information 
that could be found on our common ancestors. 

With this publication I have taken the results of about fifteen years research (off 
and on) and have attempted to put the facts and the stories in an order which 
hopefully will be easily read and referred to whenever needed. 

In addition I have in my possession a large alphabetical file of every known 
person collateral to my lateral line. Most of these will appear in this publication as 
brothers and sisters of the ancestor of my direct blood line. My direct ancestors are 
the names which appear in the pedigree chart. As their names appear in their 
biographies, a number will show (in parentheses) by their name. Look for the same 
number on the pedigree chart and you will find the ancestor and the relationship to 
the Compiler. 

In the year 1979, I made the decision to publish the findings of this a very long 
effort. Since this has never before been done I will need the understanding of others 
who have been doing research on the same families. There may be many 
discrepancies and disagreements on the finished material, this is understandable, but 
by publishing the information now, knowing that this is not all that is available, it will 
place the material out in the open where it can be enjoyed or challenged, or both. 

What you will read from now on will be a collection of data assembled in a form 
which hopefully will enable you to become acquainted with many persons from whom 
you owe your very existence, also about some of whom you have never before heard. 
This collection of vital statistics and stories has been accomplished by interviews with 
knowledgable persons, library research, research of old documents and the like. 
Basically it all started with an emotional encounter with one of the subjects of this 
publication, back in the late fifties, my mother, Mrs. Flora Tuten Taylor. 

I felt honor bound to record for posterity's sake the results of this encounter. 
Fortunately the consequences resulted in an insatiable curiosity to know more about 
these rugged, hardworking people who migrated south from Virginia and the Caro- 
linas and by doing so became the subject of my proud heritage. 

Throughout this publication you will hear your relations called many things; 
forebears, pioneers, grantor's, grantee's, heirs, heads of household, kinfolk, 
ancestors, and others. You will discover later on pedigree chart's, which are simply 
road maps to your past. At every stop, there is a number and an ancestor, if known. 
The ancestor's life is their story, which may be found in the pages thereafter in its 
alphabetical sequence. As you trace the lineage of a forebear you may also acquaint 
yourself with the life they lived as pioneer families here in the south. You will learn of 
their parents, brothers and sisters, their neighbors, and their social and business 
activities, remembering that as each one lived they made a contribution to your life. 

As the stories of my heritage unfolded I felt moved to preserve these records in 
such a manner so that they will not be lost forever with the passing of time. First, it 
may appear to the reader that this is a restricted and limited genealogy of an honored 
couple, but it is far more. The intermarriages of neighbors children in the South, over 
the past hundred and fifty years produced a multitude of relations who with very little 
effort will find their roots in the brothers and sisters of my ancestral relations. 



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CHAPTER II 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
COMPILER 



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - COMPILER 



Mrs. Bonnie Taylor Baker was born in Alma, Georgia, Appling County (now 
Bacon), the daughter of Mr. Walter Leon (Nick) Taylor and Mrs. Flora Tuten Taylor, 
pioneer Appling and Bacon Countians. 

Bonnie began her first school year and graduated from High School in the Alma 
Public School system. During the summers of 1924-25-26 she attended South Georgia 
College in Douglas in Seminars preparatory for teaching. She taught rural schools in 
Pierce and Bacon Counties. After four years of teaching she attended Young Harris 
College in North Georgia. 

From college she went to Washington, D.C. where she accepted a position in the 
Federal Government. For her work there she received several awards. After retiring 
with twenty-fives years of service behind her she returned to her mothers home in 
Alma and began work as Assistant to the Director of the Housing Authority for the City 
of Alma. 

During this stay in Alma, she with the help of her Mother, began her work in the 
Tuten Taylor lineage, which, had she not done so at that time would have meant that 
the foundation for this book would have been lost forever. This beginning led her to a 
never ending hobby and finally in 1974 to establishing, (with the help of Councilman 
Frank Byrd) The Historical Society of Alma-Bacon County. Funds for the establishing 
of the Society during the first year came from the estate of her late sister, Wilma, and 
after the first year of unusual cooperation and success, the Society was then 
subsidized by the City and County jointly, just as it is today. 

Tracing the Taylor-Tuten family tree has been pursued at intervals by Bonnie 
from 1959 to about February 1974. From 1974 her time has been devoted primarily to 
organizing and supervising the operation of The Historical Society on a volunteer 
basis. 

Since February 1979 Bonnie again began serious work on finalizing the results of 
her many years of research on her Taylor-Tuten lineage. Her goal for 1979 was to 
publish this volume, which hopefully will have been completed by the end of this 
year. 

The value of this book can never be measured in dollars and cents. The cost of 
publishing can very easily be pro-rated according to the number of books published. 
It's true value will be measured only as it is accepted, valued and enjoyed by the ten 
children (and their antecedents) of a beloved couple who are the subject of this 
compilation. 

A Friend 1979 

NOTE: A complete biogrophy of the author will be included later in this volume. 



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CHAPTER HI 

GENERAL 



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GENERAL 



The Compiler's ancestors chose to leave their homes in the Carolinas, and 
elsewhere, to come to the wilderness country of South Georgia and settle on lands 
being opened up to emigrants. The greater number of my direct lineage settled in 
Appling County, Georgia. This area has been called the Wiregrass country, and has 
been referred to by that name in many accounts of life as it was lived in the area from 
the late seventeen seventies and early eighteen hundreds. 

I believe that I cannot describe adequately the living conditions and the 
hardships my ancestors had to bear to settle their alloted lands in the Wiregrass 
country, so I will include excerpts from writers who did live here and were able to 
record from history their life, their experiences and that of their neighbors, some of 
whom were my ancestors. 

From The History of Methodism in Georgia and Florida 1785-1865 (copyrighted 
in 1877) by George G. Smith, Jr. the following is quoted "To the West of Savannah, 
lying south of the Central Railway, is an immense area of land which is known as the 
Wiregrass Country. The lands are not fertile, and til within a few years, being off all 
lines of popular travel, have been little visited. A stock raising country, thinly 
inhabited, the stock raisers in these wilds lived at long distances apart. Perhaps about 
three fourths of these people had never heard a sermon. There were no schools and no 
churches. 

Angus McDonald was sent as the first Missionary. He had to make his own 
circuit. The settlements were not in groups, but were single houses, miles distant 
from others. The paths through the Wiregrass were only discovered by the blazes on 
the trees. The houses were simply of pine logs with the roof by no means water tight, 
of clap boards weighed down by poles. The people had no property save cows and 
sheep. The corn was either made into hominy or ground into grits. The marriage tie 
was disregarded, the Sabbath was unknown. This was the Wiregrass Country of 
seventy years ago when Methodists began to work in it." 

Mr. Smith was describing the Wiregrass Country in the early 1800's. Mr. 



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A.H.W. Marquis in the Baxley Banner in 1909 describe conditions in the same area 
about a half century later and during his life time. Life in the same area seems to have 
improved. 

REMINISCENSES 

Baxley Banner 
January 25, 1909 

Mr. A.H.W. Marquis describes the area where the Tuten's, Roberson's, Miles, 
Deens, and others of the Compiler's antecedents settled as follows: 

"Therefore, simultaneous came into existence that Garden Spot of the 
Southland, by settlement, A.D. 1733, and was in its nomenclature recognized as 
Georgia, and anno domino 1818, in its glory line, styled Appling-bordering the Little 
Satilla River and fringing the Historic Sweet Water Creek, is recognized as a most 
delightful and attractive territory." 

"Half a century gone, the rapid stride of civilation here - but think back dear 
reader; imagine in your most fertile conception what a forest dense in pines, and 
and branch swamps, jungled and thick, means to dig up the roots, girdle the trees, 
fell the monarch stately pines, and no help, but far, far away, and only two hands, and 
indomitable will and a strong arm, with a hoe cake of corn on the hearth, meat on the 
gridiron, coffee in the boiler, then you can conceive partly what the sires and dames of 
ye early time had to encounter with to open up a forest home." 

Later in this publication you will read more of Sweet Water Creek. 

Mr. A.H.W. Marquis writing in the Baxley Banner dated Jan. 8, 1909 under a 
column titled "Reminiscenses" wrote of families moving into the area of Wiregrass 
Georgia. 

"In loving bonds and union has introduced into the lines of Old Appling, noble 
men and magnificent women, with a wisdom of morals being infectious and these 
unobtrusive Christians have introduced a goodness perceptible and the moral 
precints of Appling confess its noble and holy attributes." 

"The families represented are as follows: Messrs. Dan, Leonard, Joseph, 
William, Willie, and Middleton (Miles) these last two killed in battle in 1861 and 
1865. Mrs. Flora Elizabeth Miles (13) mother of John L. Tuten of your city, Mrs. Janie 
Leggett, Mrs. Mary Carter, Mrs. Mattie Moody, and Mrs. Nancy Deen, daughters of 
a race noble and glorious." 

In the Northwest Section of present day Bacon County (Old Appling) now known 
as the Camp Ground, Taylor Town, and Mims Church area, a member of the very 
large and prominent Mims family in the early eighteen thirties recorded the following 
as it was described to her by her grandparents. 

"The pioneer families of the Camp Ground and Taylor Town area, an 
unchartered wilderness, left their kindred and their friends, and their home ties to 
make a home in a new country for themselves and their children. To be a descendant 
of these God fearing men and women is an honor. Resourcefullness was their only 
way of life. 

They made their own clothing and bedclothes by hand from thread spun on a 
spinning wheel. They hunted the woods for bark, roots and plants to make their own 
dye. They wove the cloth on a loom. 

They plowed oxen to cultivate the fields. Whenever they needed supplies, which 
they could not produce, they drove their oxen team on long trips to Savannah about 



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once a year. For long trips some would take a hog and a wash pot. They would kill the 
hog for meat to eat. 

The houses were of logs, and the kitchen was always several yards from the rest 
of the house. Window openings were covered by wooden shutters. There were no 
nails in the house, furniture was pegged together and the chairs of cowhide bottoms. 
There were no such things as bedsprings. Ropes were stretched from the head of the 
bed to the foot and then crosswise. Over this was stretched a cowhide. Cooking was 
done on the fireplace, there were no matches, you simply hit two pieces of flintrock 
together over a piece of cotton until a spark hit the cotton and lighted it." 

FAMILY STATISTICS TAKEN FROM THE FIRST CENSUS OF THE UNITED 

STATES IN 1790 

TAYLORS 

One hundred and two Taylors were listed in the 1790 Census of South Carolina. 
Of these, seven were James's, fourteen were John's and sixteen were Williams's. 

In the same Census, 1790, of North Carolina there were two hundred and forty 
seven Taylors listed. Of these, sixteen were James's, fifty-two were John's, and 
twenty-nine were Williams's. It is obvious from these statistics that, had it not been 
for the work of Judge Folks Huxford, the Compiler would possibly had difficulty in 
identifying the John's and Williams's of her ancestry. 

An interesting bit of data and in no way claimed to be relative to this compilation, 
is this: "Persons of Quality" 1600-1700 Original Lists: "A William Taylor, 23 years 
of age was transported from London, England to Balbados-St. Christopher, on the 
Ann Elizabeth, Piloted by Capt. Brookhaven. William took the required oath of 
allegiance and sailed April 27, 1635." 

TUTENS 

In the 1790 Census of North Carolina, there were only two TUTENS, John and 
Shadrack, both from the New Bern area of Pitt County. In the same Census of South 
Carolina, no Tutens were counted. The Compiler has visited the graves of the North 
Carolina Tutens near New Bern. There is much informationon both the SC and NC 
Tutens in the personal files of the Compiler which would be too voluminous to include 
in this publication. But it is available to researchers, 

Hampton County, South Carolina is the root area of the Tutens of South Carolina. 
No one seems to identify Tutens in the South Carolina area before Ezekial and his 
brothers and sisters. It appears that the first Tutens were in North Carolina, insofar as 
their origin in this country. A Tuten descendant near New Bern with whom I 
contacted by phone through a brother's listing, said that the legend has been that the 
N.C. Tutens split away from their brothers in South Carolina and two came by boat to 
the New Bern area and landed at Bonnerton Creek. Time was not available to 
research this further. 

There was a Peter Tuttin in the 1790 Census of South Carolina, the ninety-sixth 
District, Abbevile County. There have been found various spellings of the name 
Tuten. 

LEE'S 

In the 1790 Census of South Carolina there were fifty-eight LEE'S, of whom only 
three were John's, six were James's, and eight were Williams's, 



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MILES 

Of the thirty-four MILES in the 1790 Census of South Carolina, only six were 
John's, two James's and five William's. 

RIVERS 

Of the twenty-nine RIVERS in the 1790 Census of South Carolina two were 
Francis', two Jacobs, five Johns, three Marys, three Thomas', four Williams. The 
other ten were Ann, Beulah, Fred, George, Gracia, Isaac, Jones, Ruth, Samuel and 
Susanna. In North Carolina 1790 Census there were counted only two Rivers's, 
Richard and William. 

ROBERTSON-ROBINSON-ROBINSONS 

Fifty- nine Robertsons were counted in the 1790 South Carolina Census, of these 
there was a James, sixteen Johns, two each of Josephs, Matthews and Samuel and six 
Williams. 

Among the twenty ROBINSONS there were six Johns and two Williams's. Of the 
twenty-four ROBISONS three were James's, four were Johns and four Williams's. 

CROSBY 

Eleven Crosby's were counted in the 1790 South Carolina Census, two were 
Williams and then there each a Jacob, John, Robert, Sarah, Thomas, Timothy, 
German, Dennis and the widow Crosby. 

RIGDONS 

In the area of the Compilers ancestry, no RIGDONS were counted in the 1790 
Census of South Carolina. There was however an Ephrain Rigden, probably a mispel- 
ling of the name Rigdon. 



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CHAPTER IV 



SOME FAMILY BACKGROUND 

Tutens 

Robersons - Robinsons - Robeson 
John Miles 
Carters 
Taylors 



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SOME FAMILY BACKGROUND 

In retrospect, I am very happy about the family background which follows, but at 
the same time I am saddened by the loss of so much more material which was told to 
me and some of which I remembered vaguely, but failed to record. I remember my 
father telling many stories about the Taylors whenever he could corner me on the 
front porch of our homeplace. I was interested but distracted by the urgencies of the 
moment. I realize now that he was trying to link his past to our present. In my years of 
research I have found that all the stories that he recalled have been proven as facts. I 
urge all parents to record their generations history, without which you may be the 
missing link to the past and the future for some one who cares enough to do what I 
have tried to do in this publication. 



TUTEN'S 

(as I first knew them in the nineteen sixties) 

Cynthia Tuten is the oldest Tuten ancestor uncovered by the Compiler in her 
fifteen or more years research of this important and interesting part of her genealogy. 

In the late sixties while on a visit from Alexandria to my ancestral home in Alma, 
Georgia I read the wedding announcement in the Savannah Morning News of a young 
Tuten girl who lived in Varnville S.C. I did not know too much about my Tuten 
ancestry at that time but I knew enough to realize that their origins were the lower 
part of South Carolina. That route for early settlers to my area of South Georgia had 
been established long ago by historians. 

I addressed a letter to the girl's mother and asked for any genealogy on her 
husband's family, particularly, some forefather, brother, or uncle who might have left 
Carolina to homestead in South Georgia. I heard nothing from her. However a year 
later a genealogist, Mrs. Idell Smith, who had read my letter and who had married 
into the South Carolina Tuten family wrote to me to tell me she was interested in 
helping me with my research, saying that she had married into the Tuten family of 
South Carolina and knew enough about them to know that the Tuten ' s of Appling 
County were indeed her husband's family. Her reply was the beginning of a 
wonderful friendship and resulted in a large accumulation of Tuten genealogy directly 
connecting the Tuten's of South Carolina to those of the southeast area of Georgia. This 



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relationship of the Compiler with Idell opened the door for the discovery of many 
antecedents of the Tuten lineage in South Georgia and South and North Carolina with 
whom the Compiler shared common ancestors. One being Dr. A. V. Tuten, a retired 
Veternarian of Baxley, Georgia and who is a brother of deceased and former U.S. 
Congressman Russel Tuten. Vernon and his wife have visited in South Carolina many 
times since my introduction of Idell to them. In fact in 1976 he and his wife attended 
the annual South Carolina Tuten reunion, and, a great deal on information which I 
shall include in this volume has been the result of much work on the part of Vernon 
and his patient wife, Willie. 

After hearing from Idell the first time and after many letters and the exchange of 
much information I scheduled a visit to Idell at her country home near Varnville S.C. 
Besides the enormous amount of information in her possession concerning the Tuten 
family there were priceless heirlooms from her husbands family, handed down 
through the years from Tuten forebears to Walker Smith, Idell' s husband, Walker 
being the descendant of the son of a common ancestor. Cynthia Tuten was that 
common ancestor, her husband unknown, but she was the mother of seven sons, one 
of whom was Ezekial P. Tuten my great great grandfather and another son was Felix 
from whom her husband Walker Smith had descended and a third son was Joseph the 
ancestor of Dr. Vernon Tuten of Baxley. 

The seven Tuten sons of Cynthia and her husband were: William P., Felix W., 
John Eldridge, Joseph, Thomas P., Ezekial P., and Hardy P. William and Felix 
remained in South Carolina where presumably all had been reared. The others set out 
to claim and buy lands farther south. The first to leave was John Eldridge who moved 
to Florida about 1835. The next to leave was Ezekial P. who with his wife and family 
moved to Appling County around 1845. He is the blood ancestor of my mother and will 
be the only son included in this publication. The exact dates of his childrens' birth 
along with all that is known about Ezekial will be carried in his biography in this 
publication in it's alphabetical sequence with all others of my direct lineage. 

It is believed that Cynthia and three of her sons left South Carolina in 1853 in a 
wagon caravan headed for South Georgia and it has been established that she and her 
son Joseph came to Ware County with Josephs' wife Kisbeth and bought land lots 
Number 208 and 253 in the Fifth District of Ware County, Georgia near the Haywood 
Community. The land on which they settled was later known and in fact is known 
today as the Tom Tuten farm, Tom being a desendant of the first Tuten to live there. 
Nearby in the woods in an abandoned cemetery where among others will be found the 
grave of Cynthia and her son, The Rev. Joseph Tuten. Dr. Tuten having been shown 
the location of the Tuten cemetery and finding the grave of the Rev. Joseph, began a 
search for the grave of Cynthia, believing that she would be buried near her son and 
most likely be the first to have been buried in the family cemetery on Josephs' farm, 
with whom she lived. With a crowbar punching in the area nearby Josephs' marker he 
found the covered headstone of Cynthias' grave with the following engraved thereon: 
Sacred to the Memory of Cynthia Tuten, Born: March 21, 1780, Died: July 21, 1855. 
Here lies one who in this life was a kind mother, a true wife. She was by many virtues 
blest and piety and the best." More of the details around the discovery of the 
cemetery is told in the biographies of the individual which follows in this publication. 

Thomas P. stopped off in Wayne County, Georgia and Hardy P. settled in Pierce 
County around the Ben James community as his marked grave and that of his wife can 



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be found in the Ben James Church Cemetery. 

Pages could be filled with the interesting lives of the seven brothers, the five who 
left Carolina and the two who stayed and lived out their lives near their homeplace 
and at death were buried in the South Carolina Tuten family cemetery. I will confine 
my work and the result of it to my direct Tuten lineage, beginning with Cynthia (49) 
and her son Ezekial, (24) however in my search for this I have accumulated an 
extensive file on most everyone with whom I came in contact, bearing the name Tuten 
or from intermarriages to Tuten' s. It will always be available for sharing with anyone 
wishing to use it. 

There has been confusion about the origin of the name Tuten since I began my 
research. Some relations think that it began as O 'Tootle, others as Tutton and others 
of varied spellings. Because of this I endeavored to contact anyone bearing a name of a 
simularity, in the hopes that I might find a clue to the true Tuten origin. Much more 
on this will be found in the individual biographies later on in this publication. 

I will now write only of my direct blood lineage beginning with Ezekial P. Tuten. 
Ezekial bought and sold land in Appling County as will be shown in detail in his 
biography and at one time he returned to South Carolina to settle the estate of his 
father-in-law with the Power of Attorney from his children and in their behalf, as their 
mother, the rightful heir, was deceased. The courthouse records, in appling County 
courthouse, Baxley, Georgia, do not give the place in South Carolina where Ezekial 
went to use his Power of Attorney given to him by his children. Had a town been 
named in this legal document, much time could have been saved, for this was one of 
the first documents to be found in the Appling County records at the outset of my 
years of work on the Tuten line. 

Ezekial first married Nancy Rivers and it was her father who died intestate in 
South Carolina. From this marriage were born five known children. His second 
marriage was to Mary Miles and his third marriage was to the fifteen year old Rene' 
Prescott. This marriage apparently was not well received by Ezekials' grown children 
for shortly thereafter he sold out his holdings in Appling County and headed west. 
Letters from him to his son David Rivers (12) from Alabama, saying that he was soon 
going to Texas, is included as a part of this story in later pages. 

To David Rivers Tuten was born William Bartow Tuten (6) the Compilers' 
grandfather. To Bartow was born a daughter, Flora, (3) she being my mother from 
whom I gathered all the information I could before her death, not with any idea of 
putting it in any organized form, or even thinking about pursuing the subject beyond 
what she had given to me to preserve. My concern then, was to record important 
facts, statistics, beyond those which she had recorded in our family Bible. Also, I took 
her to visit her few remaining relatives in Appling County, to get some idea as to what 
relationship I bore to them and from which side of her parents these Appling County 
relatives were related or from whom descended, whichever it might have been. 

Before my mother's death in 1960, she and I visited her old home place in the 
Red Oak Community of Appling County. I was shown many places dear to her 
memories. When her memory failed her we could always find someone locally who 
knew what she wanted to see and hear, for unlike my mother their lives and that of 
their ancestors had been spent living on the lands of their birthplace and that of their 
forefathers. 



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Beginning with the 3rd paragraph below: I wrote this information shortly after 
my mother's death (1961) and it contains the information I learned from trips to 
Appling County with her, stories and facts about places which were popular in her 
childhood days and facts about farm lands, who owned them, how the owners were 
related to me and general miscellany compiled from notes I had written on scraps of 
paper. 

As a matter of further explanation, John Leonard Alexander Tuten was the only 
brother of my grandfather, their father was David Rivers Tuten and his father was 
Ezekial. My grandfather married Elizabeth Roberson, daughter of a neighbor farmer. 
The Robersons and Tutens settled in the Red Oak Community and the present day 
Baptist Church Orphans Home is located on one of their former lands. Below is the 
story I knew about the Tutens long before I started into serious research. 

The property of John Leonard Alexander Tuten, now referred to as the John 
Tuten place, was originally the property of his father David Rivers Tuten. Nothing 
remains of the house and barns that once stood, however, on the south side of the old 
single lane road, that leads from the site of the old house to the "ford" crossing 
Sweetwater Creek, stands six or eight very old cedar trees. Since David Rivers Tuten 
was born in 1841 they could very well be around 200 years old, assuming that he took 
possession of the property when he was around 20 to 25 years of age. As I understand 
from old-timers, this was the only road out of the property and across the creek for the 
children to go to school and church at Red Oak and Hopewell. It is now used as an 
access or service road to work the pines in the area. New County roads have been 
criss-crossed over the area until a search by old-timers has to be made to tract down 
the once popular lanes and roads used by my ancestors. 

What information I have obtained concerns my mother's family when they were 
children in the Red Oak Community. Sweetwater Creek is a familiar name which I 
have heard many many times. Other than being a pleasant name, it is reminiscent of 
pleasant days of the generation of my mother and others of her age. There were 
picnics and picture taking, beautiful horses and carriages, ladies in long lacy and 
ruffled dresses posing in their Sunday best with their best beaus. I still have some of 
the hard backed photographs made at picnics in and around the Appling County 
country side. 

In the Red Oak Community lived the Robersons, the Leonard Miles, the Halls, 
the Tutens and others. The natural thing to expect of course, was the inter-marriage 
of these prominent families the Tutens married Roberson, Miles married Tutens, and 
so on. 

There were many marriages among the neighbors children so that today 
hundreds of living decendants can claim the Halls, Kemps, Miles, Tuten, Roberson, 
Johnsons, Deens, Leggetts and others as branches of their family trees. Nothing 
substantiates this more than the biographical collection of Wiregrass Georgians, 
which the Honorable Folks Huxford of Homer ville, has compiled. 

Now back to Red Oak Community: The County seat of Appling County in the days 
of David Rivers Tuten (12), who incidentally was a Confederate States Army Veteran, 
having lost an arm in the war, was Holmesville, Georgia. This place of once great 
activity, is now recognized only by a cross road and tenant house. David Rivers Tuten 
Died in 1880. Holmesville was Appling County's first county seat. 



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David Rivers Tuten was a Justice of the Peace, my mother said, old-timers now 
living said he was some sort of an official of the Court and County. Never- the-less on 
the day of his death he was on his way to testify against, or pass judgement on, a case 
involving some hogs. Between the John Tuten and the Silas Roberson's place was a 
creek dividing the two properties. As David Rivers passed the creek he was fatally 
shot, it is alleged by Ben Leggett, who dragged his body in the creek and covered it 
with moss. Ben Leggett was the father of Ira Leggett who was later a Clerk of the 
Court in Baxley, Appling County. I remember my mother telling this story many 
times. In an old trunk where she kept all the momentos of her past life, is one, being 
the long ' 4 John' ' underwear of David Rivers Tuten, which was worn by him on the day 
he was shot off his horse. The bullet holes in the one piece home made long "John" 
were plentiful, so I'm sure he was killed by a shotgun blast. 

As the story goes, the horse with empty saddle showed up back home arid, his 
family finding that my great grandfather was missing, began a search. His body was 
located in the creek covered by moss. Vaguely, I can recall my mother saying great 
grandpa's dog lead the searchers in finding the body. It is unfortunate that my desire 
and interest to record the events of this era, came after my mother's death and too 
late for so much is lost to the past. Nonetheless the head of the creek where the body 
was found in known to this day as the Tuten Head. 

Great Grandma Tuten was left a widow with five children to raise. She married 
subsequently, Roscoe Surrency and Joshua A. Stone. I don't know much about Mr. 
Surrency but I do recall hearing lots of references to Grandma and Grandpa Stone. It 
seems she married Stone and moved to his home area somewhere nearer to Baxley. 
Specific date of these events appear in the individual's biographical records following 
this information. 

Flora Tuten 's father William Bartow died at the age of 36, and about six or seven 
years later, after his widow disposed of her property to J. K. Beckworth, she bought a 
house and moved to Baxley to educate her daughters. Flora being the oldest and 
twelve years of age when her father died, was the only sister of the four who 
remembered anything of the Red Oak days. She and Mozelle Miles daughter of 
Leonard Miles were great friends. Daily they met at the Ford of Sweetwater Creek 
and walked to school together and back home in the afternoon. 

Grandma Roberson and Grandpa Stone were persons of whom my mother spoke 
of often, also Uncle John Tuten, who was John Leonard Alexander Tuten. He was the 
only brother of my grandfather and who was appointed administrator of the Bartow 
Tuten estate. Other persons often referred to by her when reminiscing were Uncle Pat 
Miles, Uncle John Roberson, Uncle Silas Johnson, Uncle Capers Copeland all of 
whom were available for "kinship" assistance to her mother before and after she 
moved her family to Baxley. However Grandma Tuten lived only about a year after 
moving to Baxley, dying of apparent heart failure upon being informed of her sisters 
death (Mrs. E. C. Copeland). 

During these years, my mother was sent to McCrea, Georgia Junior College and 
received sufficient education to be licensed to teach. Aunt Josie and Aunt Ruth moved 
to Gainsville, Florida for a period to stay with Aunt Nora Deen for further education, 
so little of which was available in Baxley. They were also orphans and Aunt Nora's 
home was as big as her heart and there was room there for these two. 



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On a visit to the Southwest section of Appling County in the Miles Community, 
Mrs. William Bartow Miles, remembered a visit to her home years ago of my 
grandfather William Bartow Tuten. Her husband, now deceased, she recalled, was 
named for my grandfather, for whom his parents held great respect. 

She, Mrs. Miles, remembers Grandfather Tuten, as being a medium height 
man, on the stout side, ruddy complexion and outgoing manner. He visited them once 
and while sitting in an old fashioned cane chair, told a story which presumably he 
enjoyed so much, he reared back so far he tipped the chair, and over went the chair 
and Grandpa Tuten, breaking a leg of the chair. From then on the mended chair 
was known by the Miles family as the Tuten chair, Mrs. Miles believes Tuten was at 
their house on that occasion because he was campaigning for some office, which no 
one can recall. 

Throughout all the years of my life I have heard that the name Tuten was really a 
contraction of O' Tootle. The original received a land grant from the King of England, 
the land on which the Tutens of Appling County lived being a part of the original 
Royal land grant. Others searching for the authenticity of this story have failed to 
come up with anything to substantiate it. 

A letter was sent to the Surveryor Generals Office in Atlanta in April 1965 
requesting information relative to Royal Grants in the South Georgia area. They 
advised me that grants were made only along Savannah River and as far west as the 
Ogeechee River. A check of the index to the Royal Grants dating from 1756 reveals 
nothing granted to an O 'Tootle and only one grant from the Governor of Georgia to a 
Rigdon Tuton in Glynn County of 450 acres in 1820. This grant was in pursuance of 
the Act for opening the Land Office, 

Miss Carrie Deen of Gainsville, Florida, a daughter of Elnore Tuten, and a first 
cousin of Flora Tuten Taylor, believes however, that there in some foundation for the 
Tutens being of English origin. She too has heard this story since childhood. She also 
recalls playing in the yard of the old Tuten homeplace in Appling County which I now 
believe was the David Rivers Tuten place (referred to today as the John Tuten place) 
and finding broken pieces of Spode China. It seems the original home had burned and 
a new one built on a site nearby. 

The story heretofore told which I the Compiler wrote in 1961, was written long 
before I began to research seriously the Taylor-Tuten lineage. The facts told therin 
were taken from on the spot conversations with the families living in the area of Red 
Oak Community, Carrie Deen, now deceased of Gainsville, Florida, and notes taken 
while on visits to that area with my mother, Flora Tuten Taylor. 

Since then I have spent endless hours compiling the Tuten-Taylor genealogy, as 
a hobby, in the beginning, but later on the hobby developed into a desire to publish an 
authentic pedigree chart of my ancestors, and to also include all else known of them. 

In 1976-1977 I visited my sister Helen in Cherry Point, North Carolina. Near her 
home was New Bern, N.C. and Beaufort Co. N.C. This area seemed to be the 
ancestral home for most all the Tutens mentioned in North Carolina State Records. I 
found only one Tuten listed in the New Bern telephone directory. I contacted her in 
the nearby country side and as we became acquainted she began to unfold the Tuten 
lineage of North Carolina. She had no charts and no records and related to me only the 
things she knew for memory. It was enough however to send me later on to visit Mr. 



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Aimer Walker who ran a laundry at Edwards, N.C. She said near there and near 
Aurora, N.C. the Tutens had settled. Earlier in the 1800's two brothers had landed at 

Bonneton Creek, N.C, near Edwards. 

Mr. Walker guided me to an old abandoned Tuten Cemetery on lands now 
belonging to Texas Gulf Oil Co. of Aurora, N.C. The area was a rattlesnake haven, but 
Mr. Walker succeeded in locating the graves and read the inscriptions to me, which I 
recorded. 

About three months later Dr. A, V. Tuten of Baxley visited the area, contacted 
me at my sister Helen's home in Cherry Point, N.C. He and I visited Mr. Walker and 
revisited the Tuten (known as Alex Tuten there) Cemetery. From there we visited the 
Old Absolum Tuten Cemetery nearby. Absolum being the oldest of the North Carolina 
Tutens that we were able to find. 

We were given leads to other persons one being Mrs. Anna Cayton Rowe of 
Blunts Creek, N.C. , whose brother in Maryland had hired a genealogist to track down 
his Tuten lineage. We made an appointment with Mrs. Rowe and received about fifty 
pages of genealogy which she loaned us to copy and return the following day. They 
are filed in my Tuten records. 

Dr. Tuten of Baxley also has copies of this material. He expects to do a 
publications on Tutens and for this reason I am not including any collateral lines in 
this lateral genealogy. 

There is no doubt that the Tutens of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina 
are one and the same. That belief is shared by Dr. Tuten and myself. He will be able 
to document this claim I believe. I was told in North Carolina that the Tutens were 
French, probably emigrating from Germany, which doesn't seem to contribute to the 

English Spode China story told heretofore from Carrie Deen. 

The research in North Carolina did not produce any Tutens preceding Cynthia 
except to perhaps establish her husband as being Thomas. But research in both the 
Carolinas certainly added interesting numbers of Tutens to those whom we know so 
intimately in South Georgia. 



TUTEN 



1. William P. Sr. 

M-Martha Tuten 



2. Felix W. Sr. 

M-Tabitha Peeples 



Cynthia 
Tuten (S.C. 
(Ga. 



3. JohnE. 



(John E. moved to Florida 
in 1835 



M-Lacy Bell 



husband 
unknown 



4. Rev. Joseph (Twin) 
M-Keziah 



(Rev. Joseph moved to Ware 
County, Ga. in 1853 



5. Thomas P. (Twin) 
M-Rachel 



(Thomas P. moved to Wayne 
County, Ga. 



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6. Ezekial P. 

M-Nancy Rivers 
M-Mary Miles 
M-Rene' Prescott 

7. Hardy P. 

M-Rachel Smith 



(Ezekial P. moved to Appling 
(Co., Ga. in 1842, to Alabama 
(with Rene' Prescott in 1850 
(and to Texas about 1861-1862 

(Hardy P. moved to Pierce Co. 
(Ga., near Ben James Church. 
(Buried at Ben James Cemetery 



ROBESON - ROBINSON - ROBERSON ~ ROBSON 

The Robeson line began in the United States, in pre-Revolutionary days with 
Mrs. Sabra Robeson, (225) of English origin. I have not been able to locate any 
information concerning her husband, not even a reference to his name. However, 
they lived in Robeson and Pitt County N.C. and later moved to S.C. , (the County I do 
not know) then into Wiregrass Georgia. The name Mrs. Sabra Robeson appears in the 
1820 Census Records of Wayne County Georgia, she was a widow at that time. She 
had four sons of whom there are good records, one, Fredrick; second, Solomon; third, 
Noah and James Robeson, (112) who is the Revolutionary ancestor and the 3rd. great 
grandfather of the Compiler. The other three sons, named above, were also Revolu- 
tionary Soldiers. 

James' son John (56) was born in Pitt County N.C. about 1790, hence James did 
not leave Pitt County N.C. until shortly after 1790 and when John was a youth. It is 
believed they moved first to S.C. then to Wayne County Georgia. John married Eliza- 
beth Carter (57) of Tattnall County, daughter of Isaac Carter, (114) but it is not known 
whether he lived there at some period of his youth. He died about 1835 in the 3rd. 
district of Appling County, having moved there in 1812. 

From John, the direct blood line of the ancestors of the Compiler goes to Lazarus 
Robeson, (28) who married first Eady Crosby (29a) and second Mary Deen (29b). 
Lazarus' son Silas (14) married Flora Anne Johnson, (15). Silas and Flora, for whom 
the Compilers mother was named, bore Elizabeth Roberson, the grandmother of the 
Compiler. She and her husband are interred at Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery in Bacon 
County within an iron fenced plot. 

Grandpa Silas Robersons place is part of Land Lot # 34 in Appling County and 
joins the David Rivers Tuten lands, which is now referred to as the John Tuten place. 
These neighbor's children married, ie, David Rivers Tutens son, William Bartow 
married the daughter of Silas Roberson, Elizabeth. 

All the Robeson and Tuten property in the Red Oak Community and Land Lot # 34 
dates back to the original owners, on the Tuten side, Ezekial P. (b. 1806) and John 
Robeson, (b. 1790 and moved to Appling County 1812, died 1835). 

The Ezekial Tuten land going partially to a son David Rivers, then partially to his 
son John and William Bartow. 

The John Robeson land, according to the Honorable Folks Huxford Records 
Volumn 4, page 390 is now the site of the Baptist Orphanage Home, however the 
Robeson place, which joins the Tuten place (Lot # 34) was the old home place of Flora 



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Tu tens' grandfather Silas Roberson. The main body of the house which was made of 
logs is still intact but the logs are barely visable, as it is boarded up. The property is 
marked by two old Sycamore trees. During the Compiler's lifetime, she was shown 
this property and was told it belonged to her mother's grandparents. She spoke of 
crossing the branch from her home over a footlog to visit her Grandmother and to play 
under the large sycamore trees. It is now (April 1966) owned by a Mr. Jessie Coward. 



ROBESON - ROBERSON - ROBINSON 



(1. James R.S. — ancestor of 

Flora Tuten Taylor 

(2. Fredrick R.S. 
M. Jane Brown 



Sabra 

Roberson (3. Solomon R.S. 
(English) M. Nancy Rivers 



(4. Noah R.S. 



CARTER'S 

The Carter's appear in the Compiler's genealogy in two instances, both on her 
maternal side and both from one common ancestor Jacob Carter (228-238). 

Jacob's great grand-daughter Eady Crosby (29a) married her second cousin 
Lazarus Roberson (28) the great-grandson of Jacob Carter. 

A genealogy of the descendants of Jacob Carter of South Carolina has been 
compiled by Mary Ketus Holland (1974). This is the result of extensive research and 
is the only known stdry of the Jacob Carter descendants, some of whom are the 
Compiler's ancestors and are included in this publication. 

Mrs. Holland begins her genealogy of Jacob with Thomas Carter of England who 
came to America prior to 1652. He married Catherine Dale in 1670 and he was a 



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Captain in the Virginia Militia and a member of the Council of Burgess in 1677. One 
son Thomas Carter Jr. of Spottsylvania County, Virginia (1672-1733) married in 1695 
Arabella Williamson and their known children are Jacob, Joseph, Issac, Moore, 
James and Peter. Another son John Carter born 1674 married Francis Ball daughter 
of Joseph and Elizabeth Ball who were the parents of Mary Ball mother ofGeneral 
George Washington. 

Jacob, Isaac, Moore and James moved to Bertie County, North Carolina. Isaac 
and Moore bought land there. From records of wills in Colonial Bertie County, North 
Carolina, Moore Carter deeded lands to an heir at law, Jacob Carter. Mrs. Holland 
says that it is her conclusion that this Jacob Carter son of Moore Carter was our Jacob 
Carter who migrated to South Carolina. Records in South Carolina reveal two land 
grants from King George VIII of Great Britian to Jacob Carter, the first May 13, 1768, 
the second July 26, 1774, both in Colleton County, South Carolina. 

Jacob Carter (228-238) was born about 1720, but little is known about him. The 
1790 Census in Charlestown District, St. Bartholomes Parish, South Carolina list 
Jacob Carter as head of a household, one male over 16, one female and one slave. 
Colleton County courthouse burned and early records lost leaving little known of this 
family except of those who migrated to Georgia. 

Rebecca Carter (119) grandmother of H.D, O'Quinn is an ancestor of my 
maternal grandmother. On February 16, 1889 Mr. O'Quinn wrote in the Valdosta, 
Georgia Times, the following: "About the time of the Revolutionary War there sprang 
from one stock a very remarkable family called Carter. They were remarkable in many 
respects especially in longevity and manhood, many of them being large, rawboned, 
tall men weighing some 200 pounds. They were generally very kind hearted, 
generous, hospitable, honest, truthful and industrious people. They have increased 
rapidly in number for some half dozen generations, bearing still the name of Carter, 
until they have become somewhat like the children of Israel, innumberal. Besides 
there are but few families from Virginia along the Atlantic coast to the Everglades in 
Florida in whose veins does not flow some of the Carter blood." 

March 2, 1889 Mr. O'Quinn wrote in the Valdosta Times "From the best of my 
memory something over seventy years ago there were nine or ten of the older 
Carters-five men and four or five women-brothers and sisters if I am not mistaken, 
viz; Eliza, Jesse, George, John, Isaac, Rebecca, Mary, Elizabeth and names of the 
others now forgotten. Neither do I remember who most of them married. Mary, I 
think married old Uncle Berry Walker, the father of old Esq. James Walker now near 
ninety years of age living in the northeastern part of Lowndes County. Elizabeth 
married Joel Walker a brother of Berry. Two of his sons James and Joel settled on the 
Ocilla in Florida about the year 1830, and raised large families. James died some two 
years later, at 80 odd years of age. Rebecca (119) my grandmother married Stephen 
Crummey (118); she raised ten children, five girls and five boys." 

On April 20, 1889 Mr. O'Quinn concludes his articles on the Carter families with 
the following appearing in the Valdosta Times: "There are many of the name with 
whom I have been acquainted that I have not had time or space to mention. I trust that 
none of them will think I have willingly passed them unnoticed. Their number and 
name being legion, more could not have been well said. I have tried to evade 
eulogizing the name even as much as they deserve. On the other hand I have passed 



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some of their imperfections by. There have been many notables, ones that deserve 
more honorable mention than has been made to them. As a whole their imperfections 
have been relatively few in comparison to their great number. I do not remember of 
ever hearing of one of the name being convicted of any crime or of being in prison." 

Mr. O'Quinn was over 70 years old when he wrote these articles in The Valdosta 
Times which means that he was born in the early 1800' s. These were the years when it 
all began for the Wiregrass section of Georgia settlers, many of whom appear in the 
lineage of the Compiler. 

CARTER 



Thomas (b. 1672) 

M- Arabella Williamson 



John Carter 

M- Francis Ball* 



(1. Jacob** 

(2. Joseph 

(3. Isaac 

(4. Moore 

(5. James 

(6. Peter 



Thomas Carter 
(England) 

M-Catherine Dale 



*Parents of Mary Ball, ** Ancestor of 

mother of George Washington Flora Tuten Taylor 

TAYLORS 

Records show that William Taylor was the only Taylor in the first Census of 
Appling County taken in 1820. The progenitor of the Compiler, John Taylor was a 
brother of William. They were the sons of Henry Taylor, a Revolutionary Soldier. He 
moved to the Taylor Town area in Bacon County after his brother and located in 1825 
on Land Lot number 460, in then Appling County. He was active in his church and 
part of Land Lot number 460 today is owned by the well known Camp Ground United 
Methodist Church. He married Mary Barber in Montgomery County, Georgia. They 
had five children one of whom was Henry R. the Compiler's great grandfather. 

I recall many stories told by my father about his ancestors. Lack of time has 
caused me to do but little research on the foundation for these stories, such as the 
actual location of the two lots of land originally settled by my fathers forebears. He 



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said they were homesteaded and title to them was gained by applying for ownership 
from the State of Georgia and paying five dollars for each land lot, a total of five 
hundred acres to each land lot. 

As the Indians were being chased out of the Wiregrass section of Georgia and the 
white settlers moved in, there was trouble. He recalls being told that an aunt of his (a 
very young girl) was stolen by the Indians and later returned in a trade involving corn. 

Also, long before I knew there was such a record on file anywhere, my father told 
me that his father J. Benjamin Taylor left Appling County and enlisted in the Army of 
the Confederate States. He was later captured and confined to a Federal prison in 
Elmira New York for a year. He later was released and returned to his family after 
being paid ten cents a day for each day of his prison life. Later on in my research this 
was substantiated in the military records of my grandfather. He walked the entire 
distance from Elmira to Appling County, so far as can be determined. 

Grandfather later became Representative to the Georgia State Legislature in 
1908-09 and it is believed was instrumental in the creation of Bacon county in 1914 
from portions of Appling, Ware and Pierce Counties. 

In researching the Baxley News Banner of 1907, I discovered a Thank You letter 
on the front page of this newspaper where Grandfather Taylor thanked his supporters 
for electing him to this important office. 

On the service record of Henry Taylor, a Revolutionary Soldier, I have been 
admitted to the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I with the 
devoted effort of Mr. Folks Huxford of Homerville, substantiated my descendancy 
from Henry to me, from newspaper accounts, census records, obituaries, marriage 
and other authenticated sources. I am proud of this honor and I owe a debt of 
gratitude to Mr. Huxford, for I am proud of my D.A.R. friends and the interesting 
times I have spent with them. 

There are 160 separate listings of Taylors in the Alma, Georgia telephone 
directory for December 1978. There are only a total of twenty-five pages in the 
complete directory listing. 



TAYLOR 



(1. 



Henry 



Henry 
Taylor, R.S. 



(2. 
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William 
John* 



1. Henry R. 
S.James Benj. 

3. Walter Leon 

4. Bonnie Elizabeth 



(4. 



Winifred 



(5. 



Hezekiah 



(The Compiler) 



(6. 



Isaiah 



* Progenitor of the Compiler's ancestors 



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CHAPTER VI 

BIOGRAPHIES 



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BIOGRAPHIES 

In alphabetical sequence a biography of each ancestor of the Compiler follows 
this explanation. 

Much of the biographical information has been taken from published sources 
credit for the source is acknowledged in the contents of the biographical material. 

As my immediate family becomes acquainted with our ancestors they will be 
proud of them, and as others read of them, they will be also. It is true that varying 
differences may appear, largely in the extracts from the works of Mr. Folks Huxfords, 
since there have been many later corrections since the orginal biography was 
published. So readers feel free to document in your own volume what ever you know 
to be accurate and please in time, supply the Compiler with a copy of this material. 
This effort will be appreciated. 

Despite this, it is my feeling that now is the time to publish this information in 
some form where it can be made available to a larger interested public. 

BARBER, MARY (17) 

Mary Barber, married John Taylor. She was the daughter of William Barber and 
his wife, Sytha, of North Carolina. Mary and John were married in Montgomery 
County, Georgia in December 1798. They had five children. (See record of John 
Taylor for a listing of these children.) Mary and her husband left Montgomery County 
Ga. and moved first to Irwin County about 1825, they moved to Appling County and 
located on land lot 460, 5th land district in what in now known as Bacon County, Ga. 
Mary's husband was a private in Capt. NJ. Holtons Co, in Appling Co. Militia in the 
Indian War of 1838. 

Mary Barber Taylor died about 1848. In the 1850 Census of Appling Co., her 
husband John Taylor, is listed as the lone person in Family Number 145 and in House 
Number 145, being 80 years old, male, owning no land, born in S.C. and deaf. 
Household Number 146 in the 1850 Census was Berry Rigdon and Mary, his wife, so it 
can be presumed that after Mary Barber Taylor died in 1848, her husband, John, was 
living in or near by the household of his daughter, Mary Taylor and son-in-law, Berry 
Rigdon. For some reason the Census taken listed John as a separate household from 
that of Berry Rigdons. 

(Huxford Vol. II, page 269,270) 



BARBER, SYTHA (35) 

The maiden name of Sytha is not known. She is listed in Huxford's Vol. V, page 
269 and 270, as the wife of William Barber, Revolutionary Soldier. She was a native of 
North Carolina. 

BARBER, WILLIAM R.S. (34) 

Very little is known about William Barber, R.S. Huxford writes in Vol.11, page 
270, that he was the father of Mary Barber, who married John Taylor. Also, he, 
William, and his wife Sytha were natives of N.C. Mary Barber is his only known child. 

Huxford lists only Obediah Barber in his Wiregrass Volume's and his story 
carries no mention or relationship to William, the Revolutionary Soldier. 



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In the 1850 Census of Appling Co., Ga. there are three Barbers shown in 
Household Number 216, a Francis Barber, female, 100 years old, owning 100 acres of 
land, born in N.C. , and in the same household, Jepthra, male, 23 years old, a farmer, 
born in Georgia. Also shown in the same household is Sarah, female, 15 years old, 
born in Georgia. 

A Nancy Barber is shown in Household Number 243, a female, 23 years of age, 
born in Georgia. This information is taken from the 1850 Census. 

Appling County Cemetery records, compiled by Judge Lawrence of Baxley, Ga. 
shows only one Barber buried and that was, Dr. J.W. Barber, interred in Zion 
Cemetery. 

The D.A.R. Patriots Index lists three William Barbers R.S. One each from 
Maryland, Rhode Island, and one from New York State. No one from North Carolina. 

This information is given here as it is the result of extensive research to find 
something of the William Barber, R.S. family. Perhaps a connection, for someone 
reading this article, maybe made from the above facts, to the subject Revolutionary 
Soldier. 

Huxford Vol. V, page 269, 270 

BEACH, THOMAS GREAT (402) 
DOWNING, ELIZABETH (403) 

In collecting information on the Compiler's Rivers line of South Carolina, access 
was given to a pedigree chart of the Rivers family, of whom Mendall Rivers, the 
Congressman was descended. The pedigree chart is on file at The Charleston, S.C. 
Historical Society, copies may be obtained, however the copy shown was not too 
legible. The information charted show that the oldest known Rivers, who lived in the 
1600 's to be the progeny of the Nancy Rivers who married Ezekial P. Tuten. 

George Rivers, Sr. married Ruth Great Beach. Her father was Thomas Great 
Beach who married the widow of a Mr. Downing, Elizabeth. Elizabeth's maiden name 
was not given. 

BISHOP, MARY (23) 

Mary Bishop, the wife of Samuel Sellers, a son of Samuel Sellers a Revolutionary 
Soldier. Huxford Vol. Ill page 290, says nothing is now known about Mary Bishop. 

Samuel Sellers, Jr. came to Effingham County in his boyhood with his parents. It 
is presumed he met and married Mary Bishop in Georgia, however, date and place of 
marriage is not known. Huxfords say Samuel left Effingham for Tattnall County 
around the early 1800's with the opening of Appling County. Samuel with his brother 
John and their families moved across the Altamaha in Appling Co. Samuel died in 
1845 in the County of Appling. 

Patrick Sellers of Way cross, Georgia is a direct descendant of these Sellars and at 
the present doing extensive research on this very large and prominent family. 

No Bishops are listed in the 1850 Appling County Census, nor are there any 
Bishops shown as being interred in the Judge Lawrence Cemetery records of Appling 
County. 

BLAKELY, SARAH (19) 

Sarah Blakely married Berry S. Rigdon in South Carolina. She was his first wife. 
Her grandfather, Robert Partin moved from South Carolina to Tattnal Co. where he 
died in 1817. Sarah and Berry had four known children, all born in South Carolina. 
Berry S. was born in Georgia, but when he was grown he went back to the Edgefield 



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District and in the Barnwell District until his return to Georgia about 1822. It was in 
S.C. that he married Sarah. Sarah died about the time Mr. Rigdon moved to Georgia, 
but whether whe died before or after moving to Georgia cannot be determined. 

After Sarah died, Mr. Rigdon married his son-in-law's sister, Mary Taylor, 
daughter of John and Mary Taylor. 

Nowhere in the Index of Huxfords six Volume's can anything be found on Blakely 
and Partin families. So very little is known at the present time on Sarah Blakely. For a 
list of Sarah's children, refer to Berry S. Rigdon. 

Huxford Vol. V, page 360 
CARTER, ELIZABETH (57) 

Eliazbeth Carter, wife of John Robeson (or Robinson) was the daughter of Isaac 
Carter. Mr. Huxford believes that Elizabeth and John were married in Tattnall 
County, Georgia. 

In the 1820 Census of Appling County John and wife indicated that they had 
eight children at that time. They lived in the 3rd District of Appling County Georgia. 

Judge HJ. Lawrence of Baxley, Georgia, compiled a large number of 
genealogical charts of Appling County citizens, pioneer families known to him. He 
lists in his biography of John and wife, nine children. For a complete list of these refer 
to the biography of John within this publication. 

The Robeson home place is now the site of the Baptist Orphans Home located 
some few miles out of Baxley going south. 

Eliazbeth died in January 1850, age 53, according to the Appling County 
Morurary Schedule. If this is her exact age, which is doubtful, she would have been 
eleven years old when her son William was born. It is believed that she was some 
years older than 53 at her death. 

Huxford Vol. in 



CARTER, ISAAC (114) 

Isaac Carter, youngest son of Jacob Carter and brother of George Carter, was 
born in South Carolina in 1774 according to the 1850 Census, Appling County. His 
wife, Lydia, (maiden name unknown) was born in 1770 in South Carolina. They had 
the following known children: 



1. Elizabeth 

2. Elijah 

3. Rebecca 

4. JohnB. 

5. Mary 

6. Charity 



b. 1797, m. John Robinson, 

b. 1799, m. Ellender 

b. 1808, m. James Herndon. 

b. 1810, m. Rebecca Crummey 

daughter of Stephen, 

b. 1811, Never Married, 

b. 1813, m. William Herndon. 



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7. Jesse b. 1815, m. Mary A. Spence, 

daughter of Joshua 

8. James H. b. 1818, m. Jane Spence, dau. 

of Joshua. 

9. Harriett b. 1820, Never married. 

Mr. Carter was among the first settlers of Appling County, and is found there in 
the 1820 Census. He lived there until he died about 1854. He settled on what was 
known in 1889 as the Old Reddish place on ten mile creek, according to the reminis- 
cenceses of the late H.D. O'Quinn (1815-1900). Mr. O'Quinn wrote that Issac Carter 
"was a great hunter". 

Mr. Carter died in May 1854, age 80 years, according to the mortuary schedule; 
1850 Appling County Census. 

Please refer to Our Heritage Vol. Ill page 97, Mary Ketus Holland for more on 
the life of Isaac Carter. 

Huxford Vol. IV page 41 



Household 

Family No. Name 

15- Isaac Carter 

Mary 
Harriet 



CARTER, JACOB (228) 

Jacob Carter's wife is not known by the Compiler, nor can anything be found in 
Huxford's volume's about Jacob or his wife except in the biography of Isaac Carter 
there is a mention of Isaac being the youngest son of Jacob Carter and that Isaac was 
born in South Carolina in 1774. It can be certain that Jacob was in South Carolina in 
1774 when his son was born and it is most likely Jacob died there. Isaac in the 1850 
Census of Appling County gave South Carolina as his place of Birth. 

The researcher refers the reader to the CARTER genealogy written by Mary 
Ketus Holland of Jacksonville Florida wherein there is extensive information on the 
CARTER families descending from Jacob. The book is titled "Our Heritage." 

Jacob Carter appears in the Compiler's Pedigree Chart a second time as is shown 
below. 



1850 CENSUS 
Appling County, Ga. 

Age 

Sex Occupation Land Born 

76M Farmer 500A SC 
40F SC 
30F SC 



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CARTER, JACOB (238) 



Jacob Carter is the father of Rebecca Carter who married Stephen Crutnmey a 
Revolutionary Soldier. Carter enters the Compiler's pedigree having descended to 
her maternal grandmother from her Robinson ancestry. 

In searching Huxford' s seven volumes I found Rebecca, Isaac, Jesse and 
George as children of Jacob. Huxford states that these four are a part of the ten 
children of Jacob, there being six sons and four daughters, all of whom lived in the 
vicinity of Carter's Ford except the oldest Jesse. 

Huxford 

CARTER, LYDIA (115) 

Lydia was the wife of Isaac Carter, the youngest son of Jacob Carter. Her maiden 
name is unknown. She was born in S.C. in 1770 and died in Appling County, Georgia 
May 1850. Isaac and his family are in the 1820 Appling County Census and was one of 
the first settlers of that County which was created in 1820. Mary Ketus Holland in 
44 Our Heritage" Volume III, states that Isaac and family moved from South Carolina 
and settled in the Appling Community and rented the Old Reddish Place on Ten Mile 
Creek. The Compiler descends from Lydia and Isaac Carter through her Grandmother 
Elizabeth Roberson. Isaac and Rebecca Carter were brothers and sisters, Rebecca 
descending from the Crosby's to Grandmother Elizabeth Roberson. 

"Our Heritage" Vol. m is a fine compilation of the Jacob Carter Family of South 
Carolina, compiled by Mary Ketus Holland, of Jacksonville, Florida, and in as much 
as this book is available the Compiler will refer her readers to this information for 
more details. 

CARTER, REBECCA (119) 

All that is known about Rebecca Carter is that she is the wife of Stephen 
Crummey, a Revolutionary Soldier. She is an Aunt of Capt. Jesse Carter and a sister 
to Capt. Jesse's father George Carter. In the biography of George Carter in Huxford 
George's father was Jacob making Rebecca and George children of Jacob. Her 
mother is not known to the Compiler. 

For a more complete family history of Rebecca you are referred to the biography 
of her husband Stephen Crummey R.S. in this publication. 

CARTER, SARAH (229) (239) 

Sarah Carter was the wife of Jacob Carter. They were the parents of Rebecca 
Carter and Isaac Carter. Sarah is the 4th great grand mother of the Compiler, having 
descended from Sarah through her grandmother Elizabeth Roberson. 

In as much as there is a published book on the Carters compiled by Mary Ketus 
Holland of Jacksonville, Florida no more information will be given on the Carters in 



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the genealogy of the Compiler. Copies of this book should be available in local 
Genealogy Societies or Historical Societies. 

Jacob Carter's son Isaac and his sister both married into the same families which 
through the Crosby's on the one line and the Crummeys on another line produced the 
Compiler's Grandmother Elizabeth Roberson. This is why Jacob Carter appears twice 
in the genealogy of the Compiler. 

COIXEY, NANCY (111) 

Nancy Colley (111) was the second wife of Lt. Lewis Hall (110). She was born in 

North Carolina in 1767, and she died in 1858. One authority says she was born in 1777 
and died in 1868. She and Lewis Hall had eleven children. 

She and her husband were members of the Methodist Church and they both are 
buried in Tattnal County Georgia. Her husband's grave is marked by the DAR as a 
soldier of the Revolutionary War. 

Nancy was living in 1860 in Appling County Georgia. She was eighty years old 
and blind. Since she and her husband are buried in Tattnal County, it appears that the 
sourch listing her as having died in 1868 is correct. When she moved from Tattnal 
County to live in Appling County is not of record. 

CROSBY, ABRAHAM (war 1812) (58) 

Abraham Crosby, the ancestor of the large Crosby connection of Appling County, 
was a native of Colleton district, S.C. , where he was born about 1780. He was married 
there about 1802 to Levisa Crummey, born 1787 in the same district, daughter of 
Stephen Crummey, R.S. 





They had the following Children: 




1. 


Abraham Jr. 


b. 1804 






m. Elizabeth 


2. 


Rebecca 


b. 1806 






m. never married, 4 sons 


3. 


Aaron 


b. 1808 






m. Mary 


4. 


Silas 


b. 1809 






m. Mary A. Smith, daughter of James 


5. 


Eady 


b. 1810 






m. Lazarus Roberson 


6. 


Levicy 


b. 1811 






m. David Moody 


7. 


Ann 


b. 1813 






m. never married 


8. 


Stephen 


b. 1814 






m. Mary Branch, daughter of Elias 


9. 


Peter 


b. 1818 



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m. Charlotte Steedley daughter of Wm. E. 

10. Berry b. 1821 

m. Mary 

11. Delphia b. 1825 

m. Wm. Johnson 

Abraham Crosby served in the S.C. Militia in the War of 1812, enlisting in the 
Colleton district. He moved with his family to Appling County in 1828, and settled on 
lot 236, 2nd district and died there in 1830. Abraham Eason was guardian for the 
minor children's property. Mrs. Crosby, the widow died about 1858 and was buried 
by her husband in the Crosby family Cemetery. 

Huxford Vol. V, page 88, 89 

CROSBY, EADY (29(1) 

Eady Crosby, born 1810 in Colleton District, S.C, the daughter of Abraham 
Crosby and Levicy Crummey . She was one of eleven known children. She moved with 
her family in 1828 to Appling County, settling on Land Lot Number 236, 2nd District. 
(Ref: Vol. V, page 88, Huxford) 

She married Lazarus Roberson and they are the parents of Silas Roberson. 

In the 1850 Census of Appling County, Georgia was shown Household No. 385, 
as being that of Laserus (Lazaurs) Roberson, age 39, head of household, Eady age 41, 
born in S.C. with Levicy age 16, Silas age 14 and Elizabeth age 12. The children born 
in Georgia. 

Insofar as Eady's age and birthdate are concerned the census record 
substantiates the record of Eady as shown in the biography of her father Abraham 
Crosby in Huxford, Vol. V, Page 88. 

Other than the above nothing is known by the writer of Eady. Until the Census 
was checked it was believed that Silas was the child of Lazarus' other wife Mary 
Deen. No information has been handed down from relatives about Eady, however on 
discovering that a Crosby was the anscestor of the writers line, a whole past 
generation of Crosby's has been uncovered from Crosby sources in Baxley, Georgia. 
Most of the family of Eady are buried in the Crosby Cemetery near Baxley and all 
graves are well kept and well marked. 

CRUMMEY, LEVICY (59) 

Levicy Crummey was born in 1787, she was a native of Colleton District, S.C. She 
was the daughter of Stephen Crummey, a Revolutionary War Soldier. She married 
Abraham Crosby about 1802 who was also a native of the Colleton District of S.C. She 
moved with her husband and family to Appling County, Georgia in 1828 and settled 
on Lot * 236, 2nd District. 

She was left a widow in 1830 and Mr. Abraham Eason was appointed guardian 
for her minor children's property. She died about 1858 and is buried beside her 
husband in the Crosby family cemetery in Appling County, Georgia. (Huxford, Vol. 
V, Page 88, 89.) 

Her mother was Rebecca Carter the daughter of Jacob and Sarah Carter. 



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CRUMMEY, STEPHEN R.S. (118) 



Stephen Crummey, a Revolutionary War Soldier of S.C. lived and died in 
Barnwell District, S.C. He was born in 1760 and died about 1820. He married Miss 
Rebecca Carter, an Aunt of Capt. Jesse Carter, who was a sister of his father, George 
Carter and others of the very large George Carter family. (Huxford, Vol. I) 

To Stephen and Rebecca Carter Crummey were born five sons and five daughters 
but names of five are known so far to Mr. Huxford, the Compiler, viz: 

1. Nancy b-1789 married Silas O'Quinn 

2. Jesse b-1802 married Rachel Branch, dau. of Elias. 

3. Dicy b-1804 never married 

4. Rebecca b-1809 married John B. Carter. 

5. Levicy b-1787 married Abraham Crosby 

These children ail moved to Appling County, Georgia and their widowed mother also 
moved there but whether at the same time or came later cannot now be difinitely said. 
She drew land as the widow of a Revolutionary Soldier, in the 1888 Cherokee Land 
Lottery, being at that time a resident of Appling County. She died about 1840. 

Stephen Crummey served in the S.C. Militia in the Revolutionary War. (See Book 
L-W, Page 271, S.C. Stubb Entries to Indents, by Salley) 

Huxford 



DAVIS, SAMUEL (62) 

It is not known where Samuel Davis was born. His daughter Sarah who married 
Malcolm Johnson, in the 1850 Census of Appling County gave her birthplace as 
Georgia. Malcolm married Sarah in Tattnall County in 1818 and it can be assumed he 
lived in Tattnall at that time. 

The Compiler is unable to find any other references to Samuel Davis in the 
Huxford Volume except that which is said of him in the biography of his son-in-law 
Malcolm Johnson in Volume IV. 



DAVIS, SARAH (31) 

Sarah Davis, married in 1818 in Tattnall County Georgia, to Malcolm Johnson. 
She was the daughter of Samuel Davis of that county. To Sarah and Malcolm were 
born fourteen children. About 1824 they moved from Tattnal to Appling County and 
settled in the Graham Community. 

Sarah survived her husband by three or four years. They are both buried in 
unmarked graves in Corinth Cemetery, Appling County. 

The family of Malcolm and Sarah are listed in the 1850 Census of Appling 
County. She is listed as having been born in Georgia and her husband in North 
Carolina. 

For a more complete listing of this family refer to the biography of Malcolm 
Johnson, Sarah's husband. 



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GREEN, JUDITH (441) 



Little is known about Judith Green, the wife of Isaac Hall, and grandmother of Lt. 
Lewis Hall, R.S. , other than that information contained in the biography of Isaac Hall. 

Huxford Vol. VI, page 292 



HALL, FLORA (55) 

Flora Hall was born February 12, 1796 in Tattnall County, Georgia. She was the 
daughter of Lewis Hall Jr., a Revolutionary Soldier. She married James Kemp 
December 28, 1813. 

Flora's husband, James Kemp, died at his home January 18, 1826. In December 
1826, she married William Jones and he applied in the same month, on the 15 for 
administration of the James Kemp estate. On October 15, 1827 Moses Smith, a 
merchant and a neighbor, also applied for administration on the James Kemp estate 
and was appointed. 

Flora Kemp Jones died October 15, 1828 and the orphan children were taken in 
charge by their uncles in Appling County and reared to maturity. 

For a complete record of the children of Flora Hall and James Kemp refer to the 
biography of her husband within this publication. 

Huxford, Vol. V, page 239; Mary Ketus Holland on "John Miles Family" 

HALL, ISAAC (440) 

Very little about Isaac Hall is known and documented by the writer. Huxford Vol. 
VI, page 292, in additions to the biography of Lt. Lewis Hall, R.S. states that, "His 
paternal grandparents were Isaac Hall and wife, Judith, of Surry Co. , Va. Judith was 
the daughter of Lewis Green of that County." 

Isaac Hall's will dated Aug. 20, 1728 was probated in Surry County Court Aug. 
19, 1730 and bequeathed his lands to his sons, William, George, Isaac and Lewis Hall. 

Mr. Patrick H. Sellers, Riverside Drive in Waycross, Georgia has a copy of the 
will and plans to publish a Volume in the near future on his direct and co-lateral lines, 
in which will be a comprehensive biography of the Hall families. 



HALL, LEWIS, Sr. (220) 

Lewis Hall, the first, was born in the year 1730, a son of Isaac Hall and Judith 
Green. 

Huxford Vol. I, page 112, lists a revised list of Lewis Hall's children by his first 
and second wives. In part two of the corrected biography, Mr. Huxford mentions 



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Lewis Hall Number I, or the Senior, whichever he may be known, in the following: 
"Mr. Hall, (the lieutenant in the Revolutionary War) lived in Bladen Co., N.C. 
before the creation of Robeson Co. 1786. Deed records there show several purchases 
and sales of land by him during the Revolutionary War period. One of these was a 
deed from Enoch Hall to Lewis Hall, Jr. dated July 25, 1774, for 100 acres, "lying 
about a mile below Lewis Hall, Sr.'s." (See Deed Book 23, page 485). 

Huxford Vol. I, page 112 

HALL, LEWIS R.S. Lt. (110) 

Lewis Hall was born in North Carolina in 1756, and was a brother of Enoch and 
Instance Hall, all of whom were Revolutionary soldiers in North Carolina and moved 
from Robeson County, N.C. to Georgia in the 1790's. They are first found in 
Montgomery County in 1797 as tax-payers listed on that year's tax-digest. 

Lewis Hall was a Lieutenant in the Revolutionary War and was wounded and 
taken prisoner and confined for some time in prison in Charleston, S.C. Later, he was 
exchanged and rejoined his command and served until the close. 

Mr. Hall was twice married. His first wife's name has not been learned. He had 
two known children by that marriage, viz: Enoch Hall who is found in the Appling 
County Census of 1820 living in that county, and Bridget commonly called "Beady", 
born 1784. She was married twice. Her first husband was her first cousin, Sion Hall, 
by whom she had three children, and after a divorce she married Andrew O. Smith. 
The second wife of Lewis Hall was Nancy Colly, born in North Carolina 1767, died 



1858 


(one authority says she was born 1777, died 1868). The following children were 


born 


by the second wife: 






3. 


Instance 


b. 


1797, m. Drusilla Sellers. 


4. 


William L. 


b. 


1880, died at the age of 3 years. 


5. 


Priscilla 


b. 


1802, m. Benjamin H. Smith. 


6. 


James 


b. 


1803, m. 1st Rebecca Bell; 2nd Ava Mann, dau. of Wm. 








Mann, R.S. 


7. 


Piety 


b. 


1804, m. Henry Cook, Nov. 2, 1820 


8. 


Rebecca 


b. 


1805, m. D.D. Davis. Died 1847. 


9. 


Seaborn 


b. 


1808, m. 1st AnnGainey, Feb. 23, 1826, died 1828. 2nd 








Creasy Quin, Jan. 15, 1829. 


10. 


Elphis 


b. 


1814, m. Katie Johnson. Died 1845 


11. 


Jehu 


b. 


1815, m. (wife unknown). Lived in Appling Co. 


12. 


Nancy 


b. 


1817, m. George Wilcox. Died 1885. 


13. 


Flora 


b. 


1819, m. James Kemp of Montgomery, County. 


Lewis Hall moved to Wilkinson County in 1804 when it was first created but was 



there only a year, moving then to Tattnall County. Tattnal County records show him 
as a juror in July, 1805 road-hand 1806, name in Grand Jury box 1810, granted tavern 
and liquor license by the Inferior Court Aug. 6, 1810; granted 283 acres of land in 
1811; he and Enoch Hall were appointed administrators of Thomas Hall, deceased, in 
Tattnal County, August 5, 1811; private in militia detachment from January to March, 



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1814, at Fort Perry in Tattnall county, War of 1812. He was commissioned a 
Lieutenant in the Montgomery County Militia, "Silver Bluff Company", Sept. 3, 
1798. 

Mr. Hall died in Tattnall County in 1821. His will which was offered for probate 
was rejected by the Inferior Court, August 1, 1821, due to "informality and 
interlineations." There did not appear to be any objections to its probate on the heirs, 
court rejecting the proferred will on its own motion. The will was never recorded. 
Thereupon, the widow and Instance Hall the oldest son, applied for administration 
August 1, 1821, and were appointed Nov. 28, 1821. Receipts in full for their 
distributive shares of the estate were given by Jehu Hall, Jan. 1, 1834 and George 
Wilcox on behalf of his wife, Sept. 7, 1835 (see Deed Book "ABC", page 419, Tattnall 
County), also by Enoch Hall, Lewis Hall, Jr. , John A. Hall, Henry Cook in right to his 
wife, James Kemp in right to his wife and Andrew O. Smith in right to his wife (see 
page 276, said Book "ABC"). In the latter receipt which is dated April 21, 1821, it is 
stated that they each take certain property given them by the deceased in his lifetime 
as full satisfaction for their respective interests in the estate. No other receipts appear 
to have been recorded. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hall were members of the Methodist Church. They were buried in 
Tattnall County. His grave has been marked by the D. A.R. Several descendants have 
joined the D.A.R. on Lewis Hall's service; see, Mrs. W. P. Cobb, William Few 
Chapter, D.A.R. Eastman, Ga., Nat. No. 102131, and others. 

Due to so many corrections on Lewis Hall, the Compiler has included all, so that 
the reader may do his own research. 

Huxford Vol. I, page 308. Hall, Lewis 

Birth dates of children according to Hon. D.W. Lott, were as follows: 



1. 


Piety 


b. 


1795 


2. 


Instance 


b. 


1797 


3. 


Flora 


b. 


1800 


4. 


Priscilla 


b. 


1804 


5. 


James 


b. 


1804 


6. 


Rebecca 


b. 


1805 


7. 


William L. 


b. 


1807 


8. 


Seaborn 


b. 


1808 


9. 


Elphis 


b. 


1814 


10. 


Jehu 


b. 


1815 


11. 


Nancy 


b. 


1817 



These dates are probably correct. 
Huxford Vol. II, page 306. 

Huxford (page 112, Vol. I) 

(1) His widow, Nancy, was living in 1860 in Appling Co., age 80 years and blind 



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(2) The son, Jehu Hall, married Catherine Johnson. Elphis, the 10th child listed, was 
a daughter and died single in 1845. (3) Record is found in Montgomery county of a 
deed from Lewis of Tattnall to his son, Enoch Hall, Jr. , on Montgomery County, dated 
July 6, 1813, for land lot 422, 7th district of former Wilkinson but at that time 
Montgomery (now Telfair), and identified in the deed as the "place where the grantee 
now lives". Afterwords, the said Enoch Hall, Jr., sold out and moved to Appling Co. 
where he died between 1820 and 1827. Enoch Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, had seven 
children; these all moved to Leon County, Florida between 1830 and 1837. One of the 
sons, Abijah Hall, was the second Sheriff of Wakulla County, Fla., serving 1845-1853. 
This is a branch of the Lewis Hall family that has been lost sight of by descendants in 
Wiregrass Ga. 



Huxford Vol. VI, page 292, Hall, Lewis. 

His paternal grandparents were Isaac Hall and wife Judith of Surry Co., Va. 
Judith was a daughter of Mr. Lewis Green of that County. Isaac Hall's will dated Aug. 
20, 1728, was probated in Surry County Court Aug. 19, 1730, and bequeathed his 
lands to his sons, William, George, Isaac and Lewis Hall, (contributed by a 
descendant and subscriber, Mr. Patrick H. Sellers, of Waycross, Georgia.) 



Huxford Vol. I, page 112, Hall, Lewis. 



(1) A copy of the old Lewis Hall family Bible record has kindly been furnished by 
a descendant. Mrs. Sarah Hall Cannon of Monticello, Ga. It is the portion of the old 
record that contains the births and is the only extant portion. By it we find the "Old 
Patriot" was born June 25, 1753, and died April 22, 1821. No dates on names appear 
for either of his wives. The following in a list of the children and their birth dates as 
shown be the record, to which has been added names of spouses, so far as is known; 
(by first wife) 

b. June 27, 1776, m. 1st Sion Hall; 2nd A.O. Smith 
b. June 27, 1778, m. Permelia Seilley, dau. of John, 
b. Mar. 3, 1780, m. Elizabeth 
b. Mar. 12, 1782, m. Rebecca 
b. Sept. 23, 1785, m. (unknown) 
b. Jan. 5, 1788, m. (unknown) 
b. Apr. 15, 1793, m. (unknown) 



1. 
2. 
3. 
4. 
5. 
6. 
7. 



Bridget 
Thomas 
Enoch 
Lewis 
Alston 
Isaac 
John 

(BY SECOND WIFE) 

8. Flora 

9. Instance 

10. Piety 

11. Priscilla 

12. Seaborn 

13. James 

14. Rebecca 

15. Jehu 



b. Feb. 12, 1796, m. James Kemp 
b. Apr. 28, 1800, m. Drusilla Sellers 
b. Jan. 9, 1803, m. Henry Cook 
b. Dec. 11, 1805, m. B.H. Smith 

b. Mar. 3, 1807, m. 1st Ann Gainey; 2nd Crecy Quinn 
b. Feb. 22, 1809, m. 1st Rebecca Bell; 2nd Ava Mann 
b. Dec. 28, 1810, m. Daniel D. Davis 
b. May 20, 1813, m. Catherine Johnson 



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16. Elpheus (Elphis) b. Oct. 21, 1814, died single 

17. Nancy b. Jan. 1, 1817, m. George Wilcox 

18. William L. b. Mar. 7, 1819, died age 3 years. 

The list of children in Vol. I, page 112 should be corrected to read accordingly. 

(2) Mr. Hall lived in Bladen Co., N.C., before the creation of Robeson Co. 1786. 
Deed records there show several purchases and sales of land by him during the 
Revolutionary War Period. One of these was a deed from Enoch Hall to Lewis Hall, 
Jr. dated July 25, 1774, for 100 acres "lying about a mile below Lewis Hall Sr.'s" (see 
Deed Book 23, page 485). 

ANCESTORS WAR SERVICE 

1- Lieutenant in the service of his country was wounded and taken prisoner, confined 
for sometime in prison at Charleston, S.C, later he was discharged and rejoined his 
command. Served until the close of the War. 

2- Lieutenants place of residence during the Revolution was Robeson Co., N.C. 

JOHNSON, DANIEL (60) 

Jane Smith (61(1) 

Jestern Douglas (61(3) 

Daniel Johnson was born in North Carolina in 1770, a son of Mathew Johnson, 
R.S. , and his wife, name unknown, Matthew Johnson, R.S. resided in Onslow County 
N.C. Daniel was married three times. His first wife was his 1st cousin, Jane (or Jincy) 
Smith, by whom there was no issue. After her death he married Rebecca Love of 
Onslow County. Of this marriage the following children were born: 

1. Malcolm b. 1798, m. Sarah Davis 

2. Jincy b. 1801, m. William Stone 

3. Mary b. 1805, m. Wilson Baxley 

4. Duncan b. 1806, m. Lujoice Sellers 

5. Nancy b. 1810, m. Turner 

6. Daniel W. b. 1815, m. Holly Ann Knight, dau. of 

Tarlton 

7. William b. 1820, m. Delpha Crummey 

After the second wife's death about 1825, Mr. Johnson married Jestern Douglas, 
born 1810 in Burke County, dau. of John Douglas, R.S. Their children were: 

1. Lott b. 1828, m. unknown 

2. Reubin b. 1829, m. Rebecca 

3. Margaret b. 1830, m. Mathew Spells 

4. Matthew b. 1831, m. Elizabeth Cobb 

5. Archibald b. 1832, m. Isadora Anderson, dau. of 

Jacob 

6. Jane b. 1835, m. John Buchan. 

7. James W. b. 1837, m. Mary Cook, dau. of Henry, Jr. 

8. Delphia b. 1837, m. Charles M. Douglas, 1st C. 

9. Levi b. 1841, Died single in C.S. Army 1862 

Daniel Johnson and his brothers, Archibald, James Samuel and John Johnson, 
all moved to Georgia and settled first in Tattnall County about 1801. Daniel's name is 



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found in the Tattnall County petit jury box in 1810. Most of these brothers 
subsequently moved over the Altamaha River into Appling County after it was opened 
up to settlers. Daniel Johnson was in Appling in the 1820 Census, and lived there 
until his death about 1845. His widow, Jestern, survived several years and died 
during the 1860's at the home of her daughter, Delphia. 

The son, Levi Johnson, enlisted Aug. 10, 1861, in Co. "I", 27th Volunteer 
Georgia Regiment, C.S.A., and was killed in battle at Sharpsburg, Md., Sept. 17, 
1862. 



Huxford Vol. IV 

JOHNSON, FLORA ANN (15) 

Flora Ann Johnson, wife of Silas Roberson, CSA, was born in Appling County, 
Georgia, in 1840. Exact date unknown. She is the Compiler's great grandmother. It 
was she for whom the Compiler's mother was named. She spoke often of the times 
she visited her grandmothers farm and of crossing Sweetwater Creek to get there. 

There are no known photos of Great Grandmother Johnson anywhere, however 
the Compiler has two of her husband in her files. 

More of the family story is told in the biography of her husband Silas Roberson. 

Flora Ann Johnson is a descendant of a large and prominent family in Appling 
County, Georgia. 

Huxford's unpublished files taken in 1976 and from stories of Mrs. Flora Tuten Taylor 



JOHNSON, MALCOLM (30) 



Malcolm Johnson was born in North Carolina, near Wilmington, in 1798, a son of 
Daniel Johnson. He came with his parents before 1810 to Tattnall County and was 
married there in 1818 to Sarah Davis, born 1801 in this state, daughter of Samuel 
Davis of that county. They had fourteen children, viz: 



1. 
2. 
3. 
4. 



5. 
6. 
7. 
8. 



9. 
10. 



Catherine 
Mary 
David 
John R. 



Obediah 
Cicility 
Sarah 
Ebenezer 

Samuel M. 
Eliza 



b. 1819, m. Jehu Hall 

b. 1820, m. John Johnson (1st c.; 

b. 1822, m. Mary J. Wildes 

b. 1824, m. 1st Levicy Roberson, dau. of 

Lazarus; 2nd Didema Cook, 

dau. of Henry, Jr. 
b. 1826, m. Drusilla Hall, dau. of Instance 
b. 1828, never m. Five children 
b. 1829, m. Tillman 
b. 1830, m. Catherine Burkett, dau of 

Matthew, 
b. 1832, m. Parrish 
b. 1836, m. Berry W. Crosby 



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11. Arthur b. 1838, m. Fairiby Ann Burkett, dau. of 

Matthew 

12. Flora Ann b. 1840, m. Silas Roberson (son of Lazarus) 

13. Caroline b. 1842, m. John Holton 

14. James J. b. 1844, m. (unknown) 

Malcolm Johnson moved from Tattnall to Appling Co. about 1824, and settled in 
the present Graham community. He served as a Justice of Appling Inferior Court 
from 1833 to 1844 when he resigned; also served as Clerk of the Inferior Court, 
1851-1852. He died about 1874, and his wife survived him three or four years. They 
were buried in Corinth Cemetery, graves unmarked. 

The Johnson family is one of the largest family connections in Appling, and is 
exceeded only by the Carter Family. The family are all descendants of John Johnson, 
Sr., and Daniel Johnson, brothers, who first settled in Tattnall moving to Appling in 
its early days. They were sons of Matthew Johnson, R.S., of North Carolina. 

1850 CENSUS 
Appling Co., Ga. 

Household Age 

Family No. Name Sex Occupation Land Born 



Malcolm Johnson 


52M 


Farmer 250A 


NC 


Sarah 


49F 




Ga 


Sarah 


21F 




Ga 


Ebenezer 


20M 


(Laborer) 


Ga 


Samuel 


18M 




Ga 


Eliza 


14F 




Ga 


Arthur 


12M 




Ga 


Flora 


10F 




Ga 


Caroline 


8F 




Ga 



Huxford: Vol IV 
JOHNSON, MATTHEW R.S. (120) 



Matthew Johnson, a Revolutionary Soldier resided in Onslow County, N.C. His 
wife is unknown. 

In searching records on microfilm at the D.A.R., National Headquarters in 
Washington, D.C. in 1974 the Compiler found that her ancestor's services in assisting 
the establishment of American Independence during the war of the Revolution were 
as follows: 

"Matthew Johnson, a Revolutionary Soldier, Private 10th. Continental Regiment 
North Carolina." 

Huxfords records show that Mrs. Minnie Baxley Hardy, Baxley, Georgia joined 
the D.A.R. on Pvt. Johnson's service record D.A.R. number 569949. 

No other research on this anscestor has been undertaken by the Compiler as of 
this date. (1976) 

The Johnson family, of Appling County Georgia, most of whom are descendants 



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of John and Daniel (brothers) is one of the largest family connections in Appling 
County. They came into Appling from Tattnall in the early days of its settlement. 
From this information in Huxford's Vol. IV we know that Mathew had two sons: 

1- Daniel - who married three times (1) Jane (or Jincy), (2) Rebecca Love, (3) 
Jestern Douglas. 

2- John - who married Pollie Love from Onslow County, N.C. Sister of Rebecca 
Love who married his brother Daniel. 

Huxford Vol. IV and V and the N.C. State Records. 



KEMP, HARRIETT (27) 

Harriet Kemp married John Miles, June 2, 1831, in Tattnall County, Georgia. 
She was born October 28, 1814, the daughter of James Kemp and Flora Hall. 

John and Harriet are buried in the Wesly Chapel Church Cemetery in Bacon 
County, Georgia. She died Dec. 5, 1905 in Appling County Georgia. 

Soon after John and Harriet were married they left Tattnall County and settled in 
Appling County (now Bacon County) where they lived until thier death. She and her 
husband were members of the Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church South, in 
Bacon County, Ga. She was listed as being 35, years of age, born in Georgia in the 
Census of 1850 of Appling County and living in household number 167. 

For a complete record of her children refer to the biography of her husband John 
Miles in this publication. The following is taken from "Our Heritage' 9 Volume I, 
by Mary Ketus Holland: "It is believed the Deens, Miles, and Kemps first settled in 
Virginia, then moved to the Carolinas, then migrated farther south to Georgia. My 
information of the Halls is all from record, except the story that a Hall family reared 
Harriet Kemp." 

Huxford; Mary Ketus Holland on "John Miles Family" 



KEMP, JAMES War of 1812 (54) 



James Kemp was born Aug. 18, 1791, in South Carolina. He and his brothers, 
Peter and Joshua Kemp, were early residents of Tattnall County, moving there about 
1810. James Kemp was married Dec. 28, 1813, to Flora Hall, dau. of Lewis Hall, R.S. 
They had six children, all born in Tattnall county, viz: 

1. Harriet b. Oct. 28, 1814, m. John Miles 

2. Lewis b. Nov. 15, 1816, m. unknown 

3. Joshua b. Aug. 12, 1819, m. Jane Lanier, Sept. 8, 1851, Madison Co., 

Fla. 

4. Peter b. Dec. 11, 1821, died single in C.S. Army 

5. Ellen b. Feb. 22, 1824, m. Silas Simmons of Appling Co. 

6. Jamesanna b. June 18, 1826, prob. died young. 

James Kemp served as Justice of Peace in the 42nd district, Tattnall County; 



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1820-21. He was Sheriff of his county, 1822 until his death. His holdings were located 
in the southern part of the county on the River Altamaha. He died at his home there 
Jan. 18, 1826. In December, 1826, his widow married William Jones and he 
immediately applied, Dec. 15, 1826, for administration of the James Kemp estate. On 
Oct. 15, 1827, Moses Smith also applied for administration of the estate and was 
appointed. The latter was a merchant and neighbor. 

The widow, Mrs. Flora Kemp-Jones died Oct, 1828 and her death left the 
children without either father or mother. They were taken in charge by their uncles in 
Appling County, and lived to maturity. 

The son, Peter Kemp, enlisted Sept. 10, 1861, in Co. "I" 27th Volunteer Georgia 
Infantry C.S.A. and died of typhoid fever in Chimborazo Hospital No. 4, Richmond, 
Va., August 1, 1862, according to the company roll. The son, Joshua Kemp, with his 
wife Jane and their children are shown in Coffee county in the 1860 and 1870 
Censuses. He and his brother Peter were both living at that time in the home of Alfred 
S. Hall, a cousin, in Appling County. 

The following is taken from "Our Heritage" by Mary Ketus Holland published in 
1963, Volume I: " 

"The 1820 Census of Tattnal County, Georgia listed a James Kemp, head of a 
family that consisted of one male between 26-45, one female 16-26, one female under 
10, and 4 males under 10. This seems to be our James Kemp 29, his wife Flora 24, 
children Harriet 6, Lewis 4 and Joshua 1 and two sons who probably died young and 
were not listed in the John Miles Bible. The children Peter, Ellen and James Ann 
were born after 1820." 

She states also that "The Kemp family were listed as settlers in Jamestown as 
well as the Halls. The first brick house in America was built by a Kemp family at 
Jamestown — it was later known as the Ambler House." 

From the Southern Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia, May 1, 1830 the following 
is taken: "Moses Smith, administrator of James Kemp estate, advertises for sale the 
1st Tuesday in June 1830, the real estate of the deceased, lying partly in Tattnal and 
partly in Appling, together with the ferry which is very lucrative." 

Also May 23, 1837, Lucinda Wester, administrator of Richard Wester, deceased, 
advertises for sale the 584 acres of land that has the ferry granted to James Kemp." 

Mrs. Ruth Barron, historian of Appling County, has researched "ferry ownership 
grants" across the Altamaha River, and one owner being our James Kemp. 

James Kemp served in the War of 1812 as a spy. A complete account of this 
service can be found in A HISTORY OF OUR LOCALE by Lucille Hodges. In the same 
book, a more complete account is given on page 20, under the story of Lewis Hall. 

LEE, JAMES (10) 

James Lee was born in North Carolina in 1790, a son of John Lee, R.S. He came 
with his parents to Appling County about 1819-20, and was married soon after to 
Cinderella Sellars, a daughter of Samuel and Mary Sellers. She was born in 
Effingham County, May 8, 1803, and died Dec. 8, 1885. To Mr. and Mrs. Lee were 
Born: 



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1. 


Sellars 


b. 


1821, m. Dorcas Dedge, Dau. of Isaac S. 


2. 


Tobitha 


b. 


1823, m. Lewis Taylor 


3. 


Mary 


b. 


1825, m. Isaiah Taylor 


4. 


Leannie 


b. 


1826, m. James Taylor 


5. 


Cinderella 


b. 


1829, m. Henry Douglas, son of Eaton 


6. 


Thursday Ann 


b. 


1832, m. William Gordon Stewart 


7. 


Eliza 


b. 


1834, m. Gordon Stewart Taylor 


8. 


Keziah C. 


b. 


1836, m. Samuel D. Johnson 


9. 


Thomas Peyton 


b. 


1836, m. Unity Johnson 


10. 


James Monroe 


b. 


1838, m. Hannah Douglas, dau. of Eaton 


11. 


Margaret E. 


b. 


1841, m. Jason Waters from Emanuel County 


12. 


Eli Warren 


b. 


1843, m. Lydia Johnson 


13. 


Sophronia 


b. 


1845, m. J. Ben. Taylor 




Mr. Lee's plantation 


was 


about four miles southwardly from the present 



Alma. His home-place was cut into Bacon County when it was formed about 1914 
partly out of Appling County. He was Justice of Peace in 456th district, Appling 
County, 1825-1829. 

Mr. Lee died May 15, 1852. He and his wife are buried at Pine Grove Methodist 
Church in Bacon County, of which church they were for many years faithful members. 

CENSUS REFERENCES: 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, Appling. 
Huxford Vol. 11 -- P-182 

Corrections in Vol. II and IV included in above biography. 



LEE, JOHN R.S. (20) 

John Lee, an early settler of Ware County, was born between 1750 and 1760 in 
North Carolina, and married and lived in Wayne County, N.C., until sometime about 
1800 when he moved with his family to Georgia. He became among the first settlers of 
Appling County when it was opened up to settlers in 1819, and is found there in the 
1820 census. His wife's name cannot now be learned, descendants remembering only 
the husband's name. Children of John Lee and his wife (unknown) included: 

1. James b. 1790, m. Cinderella Sellars 

2. Lewis b. 1797, m. Susannah 

3. Jincy b. 179- , m. (unknown 

4. Elizabeth b. 1800, m. DJ. Blackburn 

5. George b. 1801, m. 1st. Stephens, 2nd. Rebecca Griffis, dau. 

of Saml., 3rd. Mary Carter; no issue. 

6. Mary Ann b. 18--, m. Hickox 

John Lee was a Revolutionary soldier in North Carolina, and drew land as such in 
the 1827 Land Lottery (p. 360, Knight's Roster of the Revolution), residing at the time 
in Ware County. 

In the creation of Ware County out of Appling in 1824, John Lee and family were 
placed in the new county. His home was originally in Bacon County, but his last few 



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years were spent in the southern part of Ware on or near the Suwanee River where he 
is found in the 1830 Census. He died there sometime about 1838, 

Huxford-Vol. I p-309 John Lee. (20) The parents of Cinderella, wife of the son, 
James, were Samuel and Mary Sellers of Appling County. 

Huxford-Vol. II p-310 John Lee. (20) He was a member in 1817 of Beards Creek 
Baptist Church, Tattnal County and in 1818 was a member of ' 'Purchase Church" on 
the Satilla River in Appling County (church renamed Little Satilla Church in 1819) He 
was a delegate from his church to the Piedmont Baptist Association in 1817, 1818, 
1819, 1820 and 1823. Data from old minutes of Piedmont Association. 

The wife of his son Lewis Lee, was Susannah Walker, daughter of Isham Walker 
and grand daughter of Littleberry Walker, Sr. of Wayne County. Lewis moved from 
Ware to present Clinch County in the 1830' s, then to Florida in 1845. They were also 
members of Little Satilla Church but transferred their memberships to Union Church 
on the Alapaha River, joining at the arm now Bethany Church in Clinch County, June 
12, 1841. On Sept. 12, 1845, they were dismissed by letter to New Hope Church in 
Florida. 

Jon Barber of Jacksonville supplies the following: 

John Lee, father of James, died in 1839. His son Lewis served as administrator of 
his estate. He advertised in the SOUTHERN RECORDER of Milledgeville on Sept. 
12, 1839 for the sale of ninety head of cattle belonging to the deceased. The sale was 
held at his house on November 9th." 

"a deed appears on record in Bullock County from John Lee and his wife for 200 
acres sold to Burrell Whittington. Deed dated May 17, 1799, price 060.00." 

Miss Ruby Godwin of Homerville, became the first descendant of John Lee R.S. 
to be admitted into the D.A.R. on his war service; she is a member of John Floyd 
Chapter, National number 405043; admitted Dec. 5, 1951. 

Vol. IV Huxford p-345 John Lee. His wife was named Elizabeth. She and Mr. Lee 
lived in Bullock County as early as 1798 when he bought land there. 

JOHN LEE, R.S. 

ANCESTORS SERVICES 
John Lee's place of residence during the Revolution was Wayne C, N.C. 
John Lee assisted in the establishment of American Independence during the 
War of the Revolution as follows: 

1-Drew land as a Revolutionary soldier (in North Carolina) in the 1827 Land Lottery. 

Authority for the above claimed services accompanying the application( 
' 'Knights Roster of the Revolution" (page 360). 

D.A.R. Application National Number 450106 

Same as National Number 405043 
Credits: D.A.R. National Headquarters Microfilm 
1776 D Street, N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 

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LEE, SOPHRONIA (5) 



Sophronia Lee was the wife of James Benjamin Taylor. She was the daughter of 
James Lee and Cinderella Sellar. 

Sophronia Lee was born February 22, 1847 in Appling County Georgia. She died 
September 30, 1904 in that same county. This section of the county in now Bacon 
County and the area in which she was reared was known as the Pine Grove 
Community. 

She and her husband, as far as is known, lived their entire married life within a 
half mile of the present day New Union Baptist Church, located about five miles 
southeast of Alma on the old Blackshear Road from Alma. 

She and her husband are both buried in the Taylor family cemetery located less 
than a quarter of a mile from their large log cabin home.. This home, made of logs, 
was unusually large, with front and back porches. The kitchen and dining room were 
off the back porch. It was not lived in for 30 or 40 years before it was torn down in the 
late sixties. It had been used during those years as a corn crib, hay barn and the like. 

The head tombstone on the grave of Sophronia Lee bears the following 
inscription: 

Sophronia, wife of J.B. Taylor 
Born; Feb. 22, 1847 died: Sept. 30, 1904 
'The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. 
Blessed be the name of the Lord' . " 
Sophronia Lee was the great aunt of Mrs. Walter Johnson (Aunt Jimmy). She 
remembers Aunt Soph very well and in a taped conversation with the Compiler in the 
fall of 1973 discribed Aunt Soph as a tall, real slender and thin lady. Mrs. Johnson 
says, "I know how Aunt Soph looked and how they travelled when they came over 
from their home to church at Pine Grove. They had a big old heavy set horse with a 
white blaze face and they had a wide family buggy and it had little seats on the back 
and that is where Victoria and Brantley rode when they were little fellows (two of her 
fourteen children). I thought that was the prettiest conveyance that I had ever seen in 
my life." 

Mrs. Johnson continues, 'They drove from the Uncle Ben Taylor home place to 
Pine Grove Church, which was the only church in those days and times. I can 
remember just as good hearing Uncle Ben pray and how he could pray. He could pray, 
seemed like a half hour before he would quit. Aunt Soph would take her share out in 
"Shouting". Someone would start shouting then there would be a bunch of those old 
sisters who would take over." 

The elder sisters to whom Mrs. Johnson included in the shouting were: "Aunt 
Melissie McDonald", wife of Uncle Ran McDonald, "Granny Thompson", wife of 
Uncle Rubin Thompson, Mary and Martha, sisters of Jack Thompson and their 
mother, Sarah (Sallie) Mallon, wife of Sellars Lee. 

The fourteen children of James. Benjamin Taylor and Sophronia Lee are listed in 
the biography of Mr. Taylor. She was the wife of a Veteran of the Civil War. 

Read "The History of Old Pine Grove Church" for more on this family. 

References: Family Bible, Mrs. Flora Taylor, Mrs. Walter Johnson and relatives of 
Mrs. Taylor. 



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LOVE, REBECCA (61) 



Rebecca Love was the second wife of Daniel Johnson and by him she bore seven 
known children, one of whom was Malcolm, the Compiler's forefather (great, great 
grandfather on my Mothers line). She died about 1825 and her husband remarried. 

She was born in Onslow County, N.C. From Huxford's record she moved with at 
least two of her children to Tattnall County Georgia about 1801. From there to Appling 
Co. where her husband appears in the 1820 census. It can be presumed by a study of 
her family in the biography of her husband that she bore five more children for Daniel 
before she died in Appling County in 1925. Where she is buried is unknown to the 
Compiler. (1976) 

Her sister, Pollie Love, married John Johnson, her husband's brother. 
Huxford Vol. IV and VII, page-214 

MILES, FLORA ELIZABETH (13) 

Flora Elizabeth Miles was born May 21, 1843 in Appling County, Georgia. She 
married David Rivers Tuten her first husband, January 3, 1851. She died February 
1908. She is buried in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Bacon County, Georgia. The 
Compiler has been shown the location of Mr. and Mrs. Tuten's unmarked graves 
many times by her mother, Mrs. Flora Tuten Taylor. 

Flora Elizabeth Miles' second marriage was to Roscoe Surrency and her third 
marriage was to Joshua H. Stone. The Compiler's mother always referred to her 
grandmother as Grandmother Stone and not until around the early 1960 's did the 
Compiler realize that this was also the wife of David Rivers Tuten, who was shot and 
killed from ambush, allegedly by Ben Leggett. 

Mrs Holland in her Volume IV on the genealogy of the Miles family includes the 
following: "The site of her (Flora Elizabeth Miles) grave has not been established but 
it is believed to be at Wesley Chapel. Mr. Stone was living at the time she died and it 
was thought by some that she was buried at his family plot but research has revealed 
that he (Mr. Stone) was buried at the Baxley Cemetery adjacent to his family but that 
Flora Elizabeth was not buried there. 

"The grave of her first husband David Rivers Tuten has been located next to that 
of John Miles and his wife Harriet Kemp. The tombstone has been broken and thrown 
away and a discarded stone from John Miles' grave (when a new stone for John Miles 
was erected some years ago) was propped up at this grave, but it has been found that 
this broken stone did not fit the base still remaining and by the intials D.R.T. on the 
footstone it has been determined that this is the grave of David Rivers Tuten. It is 
thus believed that Flora Elizabeth Miles is buried in this unmarked spot between her 
first husband and her parents." 

At the several times the Compiler was shown the locations they were unmarked. 
However the cemetery had been worked over many times, tombstones broken and 
misplaced. The above quoted material is very accurate according to the Compiler's 
information from her mother. 



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Flora Elizabeth Miles was left a widow with five children to raise when her 
husband was shot fatally while going to court in Holmesville. She married 
subsequently Roscoe Surrency and Joshua A. Stone. Not much is known about Mr. 
Surrency as the Compiler cannot recall hearing much about him, but many references 
to Grandmother Stone. It is recalled that in later years she moved with Mr. Stone to a 
home nearer Baxley. 

MILES, JOHN [CSA] (26) 

According to the Family Bible, John Miles was born August 6, 1811 and was 
married to Harriet Kemp on June 2nd AD 1831. She was born October 28, 1814, dau. 
of James Kemp and Flora Hall. Also in the Bible, John Miles departed this life 3 
o'clock A.M. of the 12th day of December 1881 and Harriet Miles departed this life 
December 5, 1905. They are both buried at Wesley Chapel Cemetery. The inscription 
on John Miles tombstone reads "His Words were Kindness, His Deeds were Love, 
His Spirit Humble, He rests above." 

In the 1850 and the 1860 Census of Appling County, Georgia John Miles gave the 
place of birth for himself as South Carolina. He also gave South Carolina as place of 
birth in the enrollment list of the Militia Company of the 442nd Georgia Militia 
District, 3rd Senatorial District, Appling County, Georgia as requiredby the Act of 
14th December 1863, for military duty during the War Between the States. However 
in the 1880 Census several of his children gave the place of the birth of their father as 
North Carolina. 

"The following was told me (Mary Ketus Hollond) on April 22, 1965 by Elzie E. 
Miles of Baxley, Georgia, as told to him by his father John Millender Miles (grandson 
of John Miles). "That the Miles family lived on a farm in North Carolina and they 
were picking cotton and stacking it on the front porch of the house. The children often 
made tunnels in the cotton and played there. Late one afternoon the family was 
surprised by an Indian attack as they worked close to the house. The entire family was 
killed except one son who was playing in the cotton and hid in the tunnels. After 
murdering all the family in the yard the Indians set fire to the house and fled when the 
house blazed high. The boy was able to escape before the fire reached the cotton on 
the porch. This boy, John Miles, was then about 6 or 8 years old. He later came to 
South Georgia with turpentine workers and there married Harriet Kemp, daughter of 
James Kemp." Mr. Miles further stated that his story differed from the one told by 
Cecil Miles in that his version had three boys escaping one of which was John." 

John Miles gave the land for the Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church and 
Cemetery, it being a portion of his homeplace. The original church was built of logs 
cut from this land. John and Harriet Miles were members of Wesley Chapel Church 
as well as most of their children. 

The John Miles farm was a large one and on his lands he had a sawmill and 
ginnery, blacksmith shop and other improvements. His commodious and comfortable 
home was always open to the preachers and evangelists of not only his church but also 
other denominations. 

The 1850 Census of Appling County, Georgia lists as living in Household Number 



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167: 



Miles, 



285: 



Miles, 



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Ga. 


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XI. 


VJTd. 


Mary A. 


9 


Ga. 


Flora E. 


7 


Ga. 


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Harriett 


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15 

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Ga 


Martha E. 


13 


Ga. 


Harriet 


11 


Ga. 


Leonard 


9 


Ga. 


William H. 


6 


Ga. 


Joseph 


3 


Ga. 



Florida E. is Flora E. 
Wm. H. is Wm. K. Census 
ENUMERATORS ERROR. 



"From information in the John Miles Family Bible the following children were 
born to John and Harriett Miles: 



1. James 

2. Daniel 

3. John Wesley 

4. Middleton 

5. Willis 

6. Mary Ann 

7. Flora Elizabeth 

8. Nancy 

9. Martha Elmira 

10 . Harriett J ane 

11. Leonard 

12. William K. 

13. Joseph Franklin 



b. Dec. 30, 1831 
b. June 14, 1833 
b. Jan. 12, 1835 
b. April 26, 1837 
b. Feb. 19, 1839 
b. July 2, 1841 
b. May 21, 1843 
b. Jan. 11, 1845 
b. Jan. 28, 1847 
b. April 8, 1849 
b. July 25, 1851 
b. June 22, 1854 
b. Nov. 13, 1856 



All information on John Miles obtained from their Bible, Henry Deen Bible, 
Cemetery Records, Census Records, Public Records of Appling County and 
Newspaper accounts, unless otherwise noted. 

The above information was taken verbatim from the Mary Ketus Holland account 
of the family of John and Harriett Kemp Miles published in 1974. Most of this 
information can also be found in Huxford's Vol.'s V and VI. 



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A copy of the John Miles Family Bible record is in the files of the Compiler, 
having borrowed the original Bible from its owners in Appling County, Red Oak 
Community, in the sixties, copied by Tynan Boatright, Clerk of Court, Bacon County, 
Alma, Georgia, and returned to owners same day. 

John Miles bought from James Lee 490 acres, 2nd District, Lot No. 276, April 1, 
1837. Witness; Malcolm Johnson (J.I.C.) Deed Book ABC, page 132. Liberty 
Community, Appling County, Ga. 

John Miles bought 490 acres, 5th District, Lot No. 49, from Simon C. Vick, 
October 7, 1844. Deed Book ABC* page 378. Wesley Chapel Community. 
REFERENCE: Appling County Deed Book Records, Baxley, Ga. 

MIXON, PHILADELPHIA (MILLIE) (51) 
MIXON, GEORGE (102) 

Millie was the wife of David Rivers. She presumably was born, lived and died in 
South Carolina. More research is needed on this ancestor. 

In 1979, the Compiler located a Pedigree Chart of the Rivers of S.C. The Chart 
showed George Mixon as being the father of Philadelphia. No other information a- 
vailable and no time for further research. 

O'NEAL, AMY (37) 

Amy O'Neal married Thomas Rigdon, a private in the South Carolina Mlitia in 
the Revolutionary War. Mr. Rigdon married Amy in S.C. and moved to Georgia in the 
1780's after the war. They were living in Bullock County in the time of the 1805 land 
lottery. 

In a thorough research of Huxford's Volumes, not one of the O'Neals listed in his 
stories contain any reference to Amy, either as a child, wife or relative. 
Huxford Vol. V, page 360 

PARTIN, ROBERT (78) 

Robert Partin was the grandfather of Sarah Blakeley. We know he lived in South 
Carolina and moved to Tattnall County Georgia where he died in 1817. That is all that 
can be found in the Huxford's Volumes about Robert. There are no biographies in 
Huxford's Volumes on any of the Partin family. 

The name is unfamiliar to the Compiler. Only one person with this family name is 
interred in any of the Bacon County Cemeteries as of 1969. She is Francis America 
Partin born 1881, died 1941 buried at Wesley Chapel Cemetery a burying place for old 
pioneer families of Appling County. No one of this name appears in the early death 
certificates of Bacon County. 

RIGDON, BERRY S. (18) 

Berry S. Rigdon was born in Georgia in 1787, a son of Thomas Rigdon, R.S., and 
his wife, Amy O'Neal. He was married twice. The first wife was Sarah Blakely whom 



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he married in South Carolina; her grandfather, Robert Partin moved from South 
Carolina to Tattnall County where he died in 1817. By the first wife four known 
children were born (all born in South Carolina). 



1. John 

2. Marthenia 

3. Margaret (Peggy) 

4. Enich Miles 



b. 1809, m. Mary Taylor, dau of Henry 
b. 1811, m. John V. Taylor 
B. 1816, m. Henry R. Taylor 

b. 1821, m. 1st Mary A. 2nd Julia A. Murray 



5. 
6. 

7. 
8. 
9. 

10. 
11. 
12. 
13. 



Thomas S. 
William Dixon 

Sarah Ann Jane 
Elijah 

Berry George 

Jordan 
Sytha 

Martha A. P. 
Lucinda 



The first wife died about the time Mr. Rigdon moved to Georgia but whether she 
died before or after moving to Georgia cannot be determined. He then married Mary 
Taylor, born 1805, daughter of John and Mary Taylor (Vol. II). They had the following 
children: 

b. 1824, m. Rebecca Webb, Dec. 18, 1845, dau. of Levi 
b. 1835, m. Sarah Larrimore, Aug. 7, 1845, dau. of 

John P. in Camden County Georgia 
b. 1827, m. James C. Taylor 
b. 1831, m. Diantha Blanch ard, dau. of Reubin 
b. 1838, m. DoraAnn Hancock, Dec. 27, 1860, dau of 
Burrell 

b. 1840, m. Elizabeth Blanchard, dau. of Reubin 
b. 1842, m. (unknown) 
b. 1843, m. (unknown) 

b. 1847, m. Martin Young, son of Jacob C. 
Mr. Rigdon settled in Appling County before 1830 and is shown there in the 
1830, 1840 and 1850 Census. The portion of the county he lived in is now Bacon 
County. During the 1850's, however, he moved with his wife and some of their 
children, to Irwin County where they located in the portion now Tift County, near the 
present willage of Chula. He died there about 1865. 

Thomas Rigdon, father of Berry S., the subject, was a private in the South 
Carolina Militia in the Revolutionary War. He married Amy O'Neal and moved to 
Georgia in the 1780's after the war. He was living in Bulloch County in the time of the 
1805 land lottery. Berry S., the subject, went back to South Carolina after he was 
grown, married in Edgefield District, and lived there and in Barnwell District until his 
return to Georgia about 1822. 

1850 CENSUS 
APPLING COUNTY, GEORGIA 

Age 

Born 



Household 



Family No. 


Name 


Sex 


Occupation Land 




146-146 


Berry Rigdon 


63M 


Farmer 100A 


SC 




Mary 


45F 




Ga 




Jordan 


10M 




Ga 




Sitha 


8F 




Ga 




Sinda 


3F 




Ga 


146-146 


Elijah Rigdon 


19M 




Ga 



Huxford Vol V 



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RIGDON, MARGARET (PEGGY) (9) 



Margaret (Peggy) Rigdon was born in 1816 in South Carolina and died May 20, 
1890 at Waresboro, Georgia, in Ware County near Waycross. She married Henry R. 
Taylor in Appling County in 1836. He was the grandson of a Revolutionary Soldier 
Henry Taylor. 

She was the daughter of Berry S. Rigdon by his first wife Sarah Blakeley, and the 
grand daughter of Thomas Rigdon, a private in the South Carolina Militia in the 
Revolutionary War. 

Her brothers and sisters, both whole and half, and whom they married are listed 
in the biography of her father Berry S. Rigdon. There were thirteen known children. 

Peggy's grandson, the Hon. Mr. Bartow Taylor, Bacon County's first Ordinary 
remembers many stories about his grandparents. They owned a farm in the area of 
the 500 block of Church Street in the city of Alma. The area that is now Alma was 
nothing but farm land, even the Village of Alma did not begin until the late 1890's. 

Peggy's relatives were nearby on the Rigdon farmland, and it was a descendant 
of Peggy who around 1906 sold the land to a group of pioneer villagers, which later 
became the town of Alma, Georgia. Mr. Bartow Taylor remembers the old log house 
on this farm and a separate log house for the cooking. He told that the spring from 
which water was taken was known in those days as Peggy's spring. In later years the 
land was sold and the spring area was converted to a park with an octagonal band 
shell where Alma's brass band played Sunday afternoon Concerts. Today, the spring 
is partrially covered by an abandoned swimming pool, but neighbors say that the 
spring that served Peggy's needs is still flowing. 

For reasons not known, Peggy and her husband moved to Ware County near 
Waresboro, he died in 1889 and she died in 1890, and Mr. Huxford says both are 
buried in the old Waresboro Cemetery near Waycross. The writer, Peggy's great 
granddaughter has visited this cemetery several times and cannot locate their graves, 
which presumably are unmarked. It was noted, however, that there were graves of 
Rigdons in a confined area with unmarked graves nearby and it could very well be 
theirs, r. Huxford said that both Peggy and her husband were members of the 
Congregational Methodist Church and highly respected. The writer pursued the 
church route to get more on these, her forefathers, and with time permitting will 
continue. 

Huxford Vol. VI, p. 257 

RIGDON, THOMAS R.S. (36) 

Thomas Rigdon, father of Berry S. was a private in the South Carolina Militia in 
the Revolutionary War. He married Amy O'Neal, and moved to Georgia in the 1780's 
after the war. He was living in Bullock County, Ga. in the time of the 1805 land 
lottery. 

His only known child was: 
1. Berry S. b. 1787, m. (1) Sarah Blakely in S.C. 



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(2) Mary Taylor, his son-in-laws sister. 
Mr. "Huxford writes about two of Berry S. Rigdon's children, but no article on 
Thomas Rigdon, R.S. is included in the Huxford Volumes through Vol. VII. 

Huxford Vol. V, page 360 

RIVERS, DAVID (50) 

David Rivers was born in Prince William Parrish, S.C. in 1764. He died June 20, 
1855. He married Philadelphia Mixon, better known as Millie. 

Their daughter Nancy married Ezekial P. Tuten date is not known. 

It can be presumed that David Rivers lived arid died in S.C. The records in the 
Appling County Courthouse in Baxley Georgia dating back to 1820 show that David's 
Son-in-law Ezekial P. Tuten was given Power of Attorney by three of his children, by 
his marriage to Nancy, daughter of David Rivers, to go to South Carolina to take any 
legal action necessary to settle the estate of David Rivers, Sr. Power's of Attorney 
were given in 1856 and 1857. 

He died June 20, 1855. 

Nothing can be found in Huxfords volume's on any Rivers' 
REFERENCE: Mary Ketus Holland — Baxley Georgia Courthouse records. 

RIVERS, GEORGE, SR. (200) 
BEACH, RUTH GREAT (201) 

George Rivers, Sr. lived in the St. Andrews Province, James Island, South 
Carolina. He was the son of Robert and grandson of John Rivers. He was a very large 
land owner and the size of his land holdings and slaves is shown in his will, dated the 
11th day of July 1749 and probated August 11, 1749. 

George Rivers Sr. came to St. Andrews Province, S.C. from Bermuda Island in 
the 1600's. Further research in the records of the Charleston S.C. Historical Society is 
needed to get specific dates and events in his life before he made his will in 1749. 

Very large pedigree charts on the decendants of George, Sr. and those of his 
brothers are available for public use upon visiting the Society. My information on the 
River's family came from a zerox copy of the charts which were not too legible. 

George Sr. 's birth is recorded as 1678, he died 1749 the year he made his will. He 
married Ruth Great Beach who was born before 1706. She was the daughter of 
Thomas Great Beach and Elizabeth Downing, widow of Thomas Downing. 

The Compiler's lineage begins with George Sr.'s father, Robert (400) and 
George Sr.'s grandfather John (800). In George Sr.'s will, a portion of which will 
follow this, George Sr. bequeathed to his son, George, Jr. one hundred acres of land 
provided he returned home within two years. George Jr. left St. James Island Parish 
before 1749 to settle in Pondstown, S.C. later named Hampton. 

To George Sr. and Ruth Great Beach were born: (1) Thomas, (2) John, (3) Robert, 
(4) George Jr. (5) David (6) Ruth (7) Elizabeth (8) Mary. David was the Compiler's 
ancestor and to him and Philadelphia Mixon were born fifteen children. This infor- 
mation has been found years after the David Rivers biography was written. The 




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reader must consider this as an addition to the David Rivers and Philadelphia Mixon 
biography. Their children were: (1) George Mixon, (2) Jacob Strohackee, (3) Rebecca, 
(4) John Michael, (5) Reuben John, (6) Amy, (7) Mary, (8) Rachel, (9) David, (10) 
Jane, (11) Fanny, (12) Abraham, and three others whose names are not legible 
enough to read on the zeroxed chart. One of these should be the daughter Nancy who 
married Ezekial P. Tuten. 

George River, Sr.'s will dated July 11, 1749 probated August 11, 1749. Terms of 

Will: 

(1) Just debts and funeral expences be paid. (2) Son Thomas Rivers, fifty acres of 
land wherein he now lives and being in his possession together with the Island called 
and known by the name of Half Tide Island, to him and his heirs together. (3) Son 
Robert Rivers, one hundred acres of land whereon he now lives and to his heirs 
lawfully begotten of his own body forever. (4) Son George Rivers, one hundred acres 
of land bounding to the westward on land of Henry Sonsways and Wilkins and to the 
eastward on the aforesaid one hundred acres given to my son Robert. In case my son 
George Rivers, Jr. should not return here in two years after my decease, then my will 
and desire is that my daughter Ruth Bedon shall have the use and improvements of 
seventy acres of land taken out of the aforesaid hundred acres left to my son George 
during her natural life and no longer, and then, the aforesaid one hundred acres land 
be equally divided among my sons then surviving and to their heirs forever. 
(1979) 

RIVERS, JOHN (800) 

John Rivers, who lived in the Bermuda Islands in the early 1600's is the oldest 
known ancester of the Compiler's lineage. As far as can be determined his children 
were: (1) William, (2) Daniel, (3) John, (4) Nehemiah and (5) Robert, who was born in 
1647 in the Bermuda Islands. He is the ancestor of the Compiler. Until further 
research can be done on the Rivers of Bermuda Island and South Carolina, biogra- 
phies will be sketchy. It is believed that much more information is available on the 
Rivers as this is the same family from whom Congressman Mendall Rivers of South 
Carolina descended. 
(1979) 

RIVERS, ROBERT (400) 

Robert was the son of John Rivers (800). He was born in the Bermuda Islands in 
1647. His wife is unknown. To them were born two known sons: (l)George, Sr. and (2) 
Capt. Robert. His son George Sr. was the Compilers ancestor. He was born in 
Bermuda in 1678 and died in Pondstown, SC in 1749. 

Nothing more is known by the Compiler about Robert but it is believed that there 
is much more information on file in the records of the Charleston, S.C. Historical 
Society. 
(1979) 



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RIVERS, NANCY (25-1) 



Nancy Rivers was the first wife of Ezekial P. Tuten. She was born in Prince 
William Parrish, S.C. to David Rivers and Philadelphia (Millie) Mixon. 

It can be persumed she married in S.C. as records show that Ezekial P. Tuten 
came to Appling Co. , Georgia in 1842. Her last son for Ezekial P. was born in S.C. in 
1841. It appears that she did not live long after moving into Appling County. In 1856 
her children appointed their father to go to S.C. to settle her share of her father's 
estate, who had died in 1855. 

Where she is buried is not known and what information the Compiler has in her 
possession came from Mary Ketus Holland. Nothing can be found in Huxford's 
volumes on the Rivers family. 

REFERENCE: Miles Family By Holland. 

ROBERSON, ELIZABETH L. (7) 

Elizabeth Roberson was the wife of William Bartow Tuten. She was born August 
2, 1862, in Appling County, Georgia, the daughter of Silas Roberson. Both Silas and 
his father, Lazarus, appear in the 1850 Appling County Census as being part of 
Family Number 385. 

She married William Bartow Tuten on the first day of July, 1883, and died 
September 10, 1903, in Baxley, Georgia. This information and all other vital statistics 
of her family were recorded in the pages of the very large W.B. Tuten family bible by 
W.W. Crosby on November 3, 1903. The thoughtfulness of some member of this 
family in obtaining the services of Mr. Crosby for recording the Tuten family statistics 
in beautiful penmanship attests to the value placed by that person on making 
permanent these facts which are now charished by their descendants. 

At the time of Mrs. Tuten 's death, the following article appeared in the BAXLEY 
BANNER: 

Mrs. W.B. Tuten Dies Suddenly 

"On the very heel of the news of the death of Mrs. Copeland, at Surrency, came 
the announcement that her sister, Mrs. W.B. Tuten, of this place, had suddenly 
passed away at her home. Mr. S.M. Johnson had just arrived from Surrency and had 
informed Mrs. Tuten of her sister's death. Soon afterwards, she walked into one of 
the rooms and! ay down, and shortly thereafter it was discovered that she was dead. 
She had been very ill for sometime, but was fast improving and was able to be up, and 
death came as a great surprise. Her death was no doubt caused from heart failure, 
and the shock caused by the news of her sister's death, being too great a strain on her 
system in its feeble condition." 

"The deceased was the widow of W.B. Tuten, one of our foremost citizens, at the 
time of his death six or seven years ago. Until about a year ago she had lived on her 
farm about nine miles south of Baxley. She bought a home here last year and moved 
in town to educate her children." 

"She leaves four daughters, two of whom are almost young ladies, while two of 
them are quite young." 



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"We extend our sincere sympathies to the bereaved family." 

In the same paper, the death of Mrs. E. C. Copeland (Mrs. Tuten's sister) was 
announced as having occurred in Surrency, Georgia. 

Refer to biography of Mrs. Tuten's husband, William B. Tuten, for a complete 
record of their children. 



ROBERSON, JAMES, R.S. (112) 
Mary E^(113) 

James Roberson was born in Pitt County 1770, North Carolina and with his family 
moved from there to Georgia around 1810. A son, John, was married probably 
(Huxford) in Tattnall Co., Ga., so it would appear. James came first from Pitt Co., 
N.C. to Tattnall Co., Ga. His wife was Mary E., maiden name unknown. (1979) 

Later Huxford, Vol. I, page 243, 244, spoke of Frederick Roberson, having three 
brothers in Wayne Co., Ga., James, Noah and Lolomatl, possibly others. James 
moved to Appling Co. in 1812 and settled in the Waresboro District (451st) of present 
Ware Co. where he lived some years. These forenamed were all sons of Sabra 
Roberson, a widow. 

James' known children were: 

1. John b. 1790, Pitt Co., N.C; 

m. Elizabeth, dau. of Issac Carter, they had five known 
children (Ref. Huxford, vol. Ill, page 283). 

2. James, Jr. b. 1792, Pitt Co., N.C; moved to Georgia around 1810; 

m. 1820, Ester O'Steen, B. 1800 in S.C; daughter of John 
O'Steen; they had nineteen children, sixteen known, 
three probably dying in infancy (Ref. Huxford, vol. Ill, 
page 281) 

3. Wiley b. 1775, Pitt Co., N.C; 

m. Lenoi m. Lenora, Maiden name unknown, he had eight known 
children. He lived in Wayne Co., Ga. until around 1837- 
38, when he moved to Mcintosh Co. , Ga. , where he died 
before 1845 (Ref. Huxford, vol, IV, page 250). 



Huxford, Vol's I, III, IV 



ROBESON, JOHN (56) 

Robeson, John — Judge H.J. Lawrence of Baxley, Ga., now deceased, in his 
latter years compiled a large number of genealogical charts of Appling County 
people. He shows there were other children of John Robeson than those listed in 
Huxford' s Vol. III. The deed there referred to, shows that the five named therein were 
heirs but does not state they were the only heirs. The following corrected list of 
children is now given as correct but not necessarily complete: 

1. William b. 1808, m. Sarah Carter 

2. Lazarus b. 1811, m. 1st Eady Crosby, dau. of Abraham, 2nd Mary 

Deen dau. of Martin. 



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3. Civility b. 1813, m. Stogner Harris 

4. James b. 1818, m. Mary Hilliard, dau. of Henry 

5. Jacob b. 1820, m. Retty Ann Bennett, dau. of Henry 

6. Lavina b. 1824, m. Daniel Leggett. 

7. Molsy Ann b. 1825, m. William Carter, Jr. 

8. Sabra b. 1826, m. George Carter 

9. John Jr. b. 1828, m. Sarah Overstreet, dau. of William 

The Robeson home-place is now the site of the Baptist Orphans Home, southeast 
of Baxley on the Baxley-Blackshear highway. John Robeson was named by the 
legislature, Dec. 17, 1823, as one of the trustees of the Appling County Academy. His 
widow died in Jan. 1850, age 53 years, according to the 1850 Appling County 
Mortuary schedule. Her age as stated there (53 years) would make her only eleven 
years old when her son, William was born. It is likely that she was a few years older 
than 53 at her death. 

The following biography was first printed by Mr. Huxford in Vol. Ill, P-283, and 
is printed for the reader to make his own comparison: 

John Robinson (or Robeson) was born in Pitt County N.C. about 1790, a son 
James Robeson, R.S. He came to Georgia with his parents in his youth, and was 
married probably in Tattnall County, to Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac Carter, youngest 
brother of George Carter (g.v.). To them were born the following children: 

1. William b. 1808, m. Sarah Carter, dau. of William (Vol. II) 

2. Lazarus b. 1811, m. Eady Crosby 1st, Mary Deen 2nd 

3. Civility b. 1815, m. Stogner Harris 

4. James b. 1818, m. Mary Hilliard, dau. of Henry 

5. Molsy Ann b. 1824, m. William Carter, son of William (Vol. II) 

The 1820 Census indicates John Robinson and wife had eight children at that 
time, but deed records showing disposition of lands owned by him at his death, show 
the above were all surviving heirs in 1836. John Robeson lived in the 3rd district of 
Appling County and died there about 1835. He was first cousin to James Thomas 
Robinson, son of Frederick Robinson. 

John Roberson bought from Elijah Mattox Lot No. 126, 12th District, Troup 
County, date Nov. 23, (all land in lot) Deed Book ABC, page 59. Wittnessed by 
Lazarus and James Roberson. (John Roberson had both a son and a brother named 
James.) 



ROBERSON, SABRA (225) 

Mrs Sabra Roberson, a widowed mother, appears in the 1820 Census of Wayne 
County, Georgia. 

She was of English origin, as Huxford refers to her four sons as having English 
Parents. That is all that is known at the present about Sabra. 
Her known children were: 

1. James b. 1770, a Revolutionary Soldier, a complete biography 

included herein 

2. Frederick b. 1765, N.C, died 1828; 



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m. Jane Brown, they had seven children (Huxford Vol. I, 
p-243); he grew up in Robeson Co., N.C., was a 
Revolutionary Soldier, a private in the S.C. Militia. 

3. Noah b. 1808, he was a State Senator from Wayne Co., Ga. 1836 

and a State Representative for 4 years. 

4. Soloman m. Nancy Herrin in Wayne Co., Ga., Sept. 6, 1818 (Huxford 

Vol. I, pages 243-244). 
Huxford Vol. I, page 244 adds this note to the biography of Frederick Robeson. 
"The family name has been variously spelled, "Robeson", "Robson", "Roberson", 
and "Robinson", the last spelling is that used by descendants of the past fifty to 
seventy-five years." 

Huxford Vol. I, page 243-244 



ROBINSON (ROBERSON), LAZARUS (28) 

Lazarus Robinson, Pvt. Indian War 1838, was born 1811, in Georgia the son of 
John Robinson. According to Mr. Huxford in Vol. Ill he was presumably born in the 
3rd. District of Appling County. As that is where his father lived and died. 

Lazarus first married Eady Crosby who was born 1810 in South Carolina in the 
Colleton District. She was the daughter of the first Abraham Crosby, (b 1780) 

Lazarus second marriage was to Mary Deen (b-1835) daughter of Martin Deen. 

The 1850 Census of Appling County, Family number and House number 385 lists 
the family of Laseras Roberson, age 39, a male, farmer with 300 acres born in 
Georgia. With him were Eady, age 41, born in S. C, Leircy, age 16, Silas, age 14, 
Elizabeth, age 12, all three children born in Georgia. 

The 1820 Census of Appling County indicates Lazarus had seven brothers and 
sisters, but deed records showing disposition of lands owned by Lazarus' father John, 
at John's death, show only the following: William, b. 1808, Civility, B. 1811-1815?, 
James, b. 1818 and Molsy Ann, b. 1824. 

The following information was taken from the unpublished biographies in the 
files of Mr. Folks Huxford, Homerville, Ga. 

Born 1811 in Georgia, Lazarus Robinson was the son of John Robinson and 
Elizabeth Carter. Lazarus married Eady Crosby his first wife. His second wife was 
Mary Deen. Eady was the daughter of Abraham Crosby and his wife Levicy 
Crummey. 

To Lazarus and Eady were born the following Children: 

1. Levicy b-1834 m-John R. Johnson 

2. Silas b-1836 m-Flora Anne Johnson dau. of Malcolm 

3. Elizabeth b-1838 m-Wm. Thomas Tomberlin 

Lazarus was a Private under Capt. N.J. Holton, Indian War from June 9, 1838 to 
August 19, 1838. He was a Justice of Inferior Court from 1841 - 1843 in Appling 
County Georgia. 

To Lazarus and his second wife Mary A. Deen (b-1835) were born the following 
Children: 

4. Frederick C. b-1859 



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5. Isabelle 

6. Camilla 

7. Another daughter name unknown who married J.F. Smith. 

Deed Book E, Page 7, item 7, John Adkins sold to Lazarus Robertson, 490 acres, 
Oct. 20, 1838. Witnessed by: William Robertson (or Wm. Robinson). (Compilers note: 
Believed to be a brother of Lazarus). 

Lazarus Roberson bought from Alder Surrency, 3rd. District 490 acres, Lot # 102, 
August 5, 1858. Deed Book E, page 420. 

Huxford Vol. IH, P 283, 1850, 1840, 1860, 1820 
Census, Appling County Georgia. 

ROBERSON, SILAS CSA (14) 

Silas Roberson was the son of Lazarus Roberson (sometimes spelled Laseras). 
Silas married Flora Ann Johnson, daughter of Malcolm Johnson. She was born in 
1840. 

Most of the information known about Silas and wife Flora was furnished to the 
Compiler by her late mother, Mrs Flora Tuten Taylor, who was named for her 
Grandmother. Silas was born in Appling County Dec. 20, 1836. Date of his birth was 
taken from his service record in the Confederate War. He was born and grew up in the 
Red Oak Community in the area of the Baptist Orphaned Childrens Home. He died, 
according to a newspaper clipping from the Baxley News-Banner, Dec. 26, 1909 and is 
buried in Memorial Cemetery in Appling Co. 

In the 1850 Census of Appling Co., Georgia, House and Family Number 385 is 
that of Laseras (Lazarus) Roberson, age 39, a male farmer with 300 acres, born in 
Georgia. With him were Eady, age 41, born in S.C.; Levicy, age 16; Silas, age 14; 
Elizabeth, age 12. All three children born in Georgia. 

The Silas Roberson homeplace is still standing (1975) and was first seen by the 
Compiler and her mother in the late fifties on a visit there. The main body of the 
house is still standing, in good condition. The logs are not too visible as they have 
been boarded over. The property has been well marked for years by two sycamore 
trees in the front yard. Some time before 1975 one tree had been blown down in a 
storm. 

The large farm of Silas Roberson (Land Lot No. 34) joined the lands of Wm. 
Bartow Tuten being separated by a small branch. As a child Flora Tuten spent many 
happy hours visiting her grandmother and playing under the sycamore trees. In 1975 
the property is owned by Mr. Jessie Cowart, a rural mail carrier out of the Baxley Post 
Office. 

In the Roster of Confederate Soldiers compiled by Lillian Henderson, Volume V, 
page 52, the service record of Silas Roberson in the Confederate Army is as follows: In 
Co. F. 11th Battalion, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Tennessee; Appling 
Rangers, he was on March 4th, 1862 a 4th Corporal. Transferred to Co. F, 47th 
Regiment, Georgia Infantry as 4th Corporal May 12, 1862. Appointed 4th Sergeant 
Aug. 5, 1862. Paroled, Thomasville, Ga. May 23, 1865. Born in Appling County, 
Georgia Dec. 20, 1836. He died Dec. 26, 1908. 



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The following article appeared in the Baxley News-Banner on Friday Jan. 1, 
1909( Horrible Death of Silas Roberson: Highly Respected Citizen. The most horrible 
thing that ever occurred in the history of Surrency was the cremation on last Saturday 
morning about 3:30 o'clock of Uncle Silas Roberson and the burning of his home. The 
cause of the fire is unknown. It started from the end of his house next to his fireplace, 
where the lamp was sitting on the floor. It is supposed to have caught fire from either 
the fireplace or the lamp, but which is unknown. The poor old fellow had been left by 
himself about 11:30 o'clock. He had crawled from the back end of the house nearly to 
the fireplace where the fire started. His remains were carried to the Memorial 
Cemetery on last Saturday evening and there laid to rest. He had been in critical 
condition for about six months, although he had been down about fourteen. Mrs. 
J. P. Ammons of near Baxley, Mrs. J.F. Wiley of Florida and many grandchildren and 
friends mourn over the loss. 

The Known Children of Silas and Flora Ann Roberson were: 



1. Elizabeth 



2. Sallie 



3. John 



4. Robert 



b. Aug. 2, 1862, in Georgia 

m. William Bartow Tuten (b. Nov. 28, 

1861). 

b. 

Capers Copeland 



5. Delia 

6. Edith 

7. Maggie 



m. 
b. 
m. 
b. 
m. 
b. 



Winnie Chapman 



m. Press Ammons 
b. 

m. John Sellers 
b. 

m. John F. Wiley 

REFFERENCE: Mrs. Flora Tuten Taylor; Mr. Jesse Cowart; Baxley News Banner 



Appling County Courthouse 
Minute Book F 1897-1908 
State of Georgia, Appling County 
To the Ordinary of said County 

The petition of Silas Roberson respectfully showeth that R.L. Roberson, a 
resident of said County until his death which happened on the 9th day of June 1906 
has left a considerable estate, read and personal, in said state and that he died 
without a will, that on account of the time required by law to advertise for permanent 
letters of administration and circumstances of the estate of said R.L. Roberson, 
deceased, great loss and injury may happen unless tmporary administration is 
granted on said estate and that Silas Roberson is entitled by law to be appointed 
administrator of said estate, he being father of said R.L. Roberson deceased. 

Said estate worth about 8200.00, etc. 

A.M. Crosby, Ord. 

4th day of Dec. 1906. 



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The Silas Boberson place referred to herein is located in District 1563 GM, Deen 
District, Lot number 34. 

SELLERS, CINDERELLA (11) 

Cinderella Sellers was born May 8, 1803, in Effingham County, Georgia. She 
died December 8, 1885, in Appling County, Georgia (now Bacon County) and is 
buried in the Bacon County Pine Grove Cemetery. She was the daughter of Samuel 
Sellers (b-1775) and Mary Bishop. 
Cinderella's Headstone states: 

"Cinderella, daughter of Samuel and Mary Sellers Wife of James Lee 
Born: May 8, 1803 Died: Dec. 8, 1885 

'Dear children and friends, remember me as you pass by; as you 
are now so once was I, as I am now so you must be, therefore, prepare to 
meet me in eternity'." 
The children of James Lee and Cinderella Sellers are listed in the biography of 
James Lee, one o whom was Sophronia Lee Taylor, the grandmother of the Compiler. 

A volume of the Sellers genealogy is being compiled by Mr. Patrick Sellers of 
Way cross, Georgia. 

The 1850 Census of Appling County, Georgia lists family number 177 and house 
number 177 as being that of James Lee, age 60, male, farmer with 1,000 acres, born 
in N.C. Cinderella, age 47, female, born in Georgia. Also listed as living there were: 



Name 


Age 


Sex 


Thursey 


18 


f 


Eliza 


16 


f 


Kesiah C. 


14 


f 


Thomas C. 


14 


m 


Margaret E. 


9 


f 


Eli W. 


7 


m 


Sophronia 


5 


f 



SELLERS, HANNAH (91) 

Hannah Sellers, was the wife of Samuel Sellers of Sampson County, North 
Carolina, formerly Duplin Co. North Carolina. 

Their daughter Zilpha Sellers married her cousin Samuel Sellers a Revolutionary 
Soldier. 

Mr. Patrick Sellers of Way cross, Georgia has done extensive research on the 
Sellers famly which should be available soon. 



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SELLERS, SAMUEL (90) 



He was married to Hannah Sellers, maiden name not given in Huxfords Volume 
V page 551. It was their daughter Zilphia Sellers who married her cousin Samuel 
Sellers, a Revolutionary soldier. 

This Samuel and Hannah, his wife were from Sampson County North Carolina 
formerly Duplin Co. North Carolina. Other of his children are unknown. 

Mr. Patrick Sellers of Waycross, Georgia is compiling a record of extensive 
proportions on the Sellers pedigree. It is hoped that this publication will be available 
to the public soon. (1977) 

SELLERS, SAMUEL (88) 

Samuel Sellers, was the father of Samuel Sellars, the Revolutionary Soldier. It 
can be presumed from Mr. Huxfords, Volume II, Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, that 
he was born in Duplin County, North Carolina which is present day Sampson Co. 
North Carolina. 

Mr. Pat Sellars of Waycross, Georgia is making an extensive research on this line 
and will publish the results of his work. 

The Compiler includes as much as is known by her, without extensive research. 
To do any research on the Sellers lineage would be a duplication of the work done by 
Mr. Sellers of Waycross. I refer you to him for specifics and apologize for any 
discrepancies which may appear here on the Sellars family. 

SELLARS, SAMUEL, R.S. (44) 

Samuel Sellars, a Revolutionary soldier of Duplin County N.C., was born in that 
state about 1740-45, a son of Samuel Sellars. Duplin County deed records show the 
latter acquired 300 acres in Duplin from Richard James. Oct. 5, 1751. 

Samuel Sellars, the subject, married his cousin Zilpha Sellars, in Duplin County, 
May 11, 1767. They had three children, viz: 

1. John b. 1770, m. Jane Carter. 

2. Samuel b. 1775, m. Mary Bishop. 

3. Penelope b. 1777, m. John Staten, Aug. 8, 1794 

Samuel Sellars served in the North Carolina militia in the Revolutionary War, 
and a few years after the war moved to Effingham County, Georgia. A deed appears 
of record in Sampson County, N.C. from Samuel Sellars "of Georgia" to Nathaniel 
Merritt, dated Nov. 9, 1790, for three hundred acres in formerly Duplin, now 
Sampson County (Deed Book 9, page 226, Sampson County). The Sellars homeplace 
was cut out of Duplin into Sampson County when the latter county was formed in 1786. 

Samuel Sellars died in Effingham County, in 1794, age about 50 years. His will 
dated August 29, 1794, was probated in that county a few weeks after it was executed. 

About 1806, the widow and children (who by that time had married), moved to 
Tattnall County, where she died. When Appling County was opened to settlers in 
1819, the sons moved across the Altamaha into the new county and lived there until 



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they died. (See Huxford Vol II, page 250.) 



(Vol. Ill, page 414) 

1. Sellers, Samuel, R.S., page 250. His son, John married Jane Carter in Bullock 
County, July 28, 1798. She was a daughter of Mathew Carter, R.S. 

(Vol. V, page 551) 

2. Sellers, Smauel, page 250. His wife was the daughter of Samuel and Hannah 
Sellers of Sampson County (formerly Duplin County) N.C. 

(Vol. IV, page 370) 

3. Sellers, Samuel, page 250, Mrs. Norma Taylor Dixon of Miami, Fla,, was the first 
descendant of Samuel Sellers to become a member of the D. A.R. on his service as a 
Revolutionary Soldier. Her papers on this line were accepted in April 1960. Her 
D.A.R. National Number is 450106. She is presently the Registrar of Everglades 
Chapter in Miami, and is descended from the granddaughter, Cinderella, wife of 
James Lee (Vol. I) and their daughter Tobitha, who married Lewis T. Taylor. 

(Vol. VI, page 306) 

4. Sellers, Samuel, page 250. He died in 1799 in Effingham County, and his will was 
probated there May 11, 1799, which would show he died in 1799, instead of 1794, 
which was the year the will was made. 

ANCESTORS WAR SERVICE 
Samuel Sellars, place of residence during the Revolution was Duplin County N.C. 
My ancestor, Samuel Sellars, assisted in the establishment of American 
Independence during the War of the Revolution as follows: 

1. North Carolina Militia-District of Wilmington. 

2. Samuel Sellars served as a soldier in the North Carolina Militia from Wilmington 
District, voucher dated Dec. 22, 1781. 



SELLARS, SAMUEL [War of 1812] Ensign (22) 



Samuel Sellars, a son of Samuel Sellars, R.S., and his wife, Zilphia, was born in 
Duplin County, N.C. about 1775, and came with his parents to Effingham County, 
Georgia in his boyhood. His wife was Mary Bishop concerning whom nothing is now 
known. Dates and place of marriage are also not known. Born to Samuel and Mary 
Sellars were the following known children (list probably incomplete). 
1. Samuel b. 1800, m. Nancy Carter, dau. of William 

(Vol. H). 
b. 1803, m. James Lee (Vol. II). 
b. 1804, m. Instance Hall, 
b. 1806, m. Duncan Johnson (Vol. II;. 
b. 1814, m. Kaziah 

b. 1816, m. AnnSummerall, dau. of David 
(Vol. E). 

7. Lemuel b. 1817, m. Eliazbeth Hall, dau of 

Seaborn (Vol. II). 

Samuel Sellars with his family, and also his brother, John, moved to Tatnall 
County soon after its creation. He was granted lands there and his name is found in 



2. 
3. 
4. 
5. 
6. 



Cinderella 
Drusilla 
Lujoice 
John 

Freedman W. 



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the Grand Jury box for Tatnall County in 1810. With the opening up of the County of 
Appling to settlers, Samuel Sellars and his brother, John, and their families moved 
across the Altamaha River in to the new county, and Samuel lived there until his 
death about 1845. 

John Sellers, listed above as a son with wife named Keziah, was in fact a nephew 
instead of a son. Samuel's son, John, was named John Millender Sellers and was born 
1812. (Correction) 

Samuel Sellers, served as an ensign in Capt. John P. Blackmon's company of 
Tattnal County Militia in the War of 1812, from Jan. 10th to March 10, 1814. This 
Company was engaged in protecting the Tattnall County frontier against Indian 
attacks; the frontier of Tattnall County then being the Altamaha River; across the 
river Indians were to be found in those days, and were under British influence during 
the War of 1812. 

Huxford Vol. Ill, Page 290, Vol's IV page 391, Vol VI page 315 



SELLERS, ZILPHIA (45) 

Zelphia Sellers married her cousin Samuel Sellers in Duplin Co. N.C. May 11, 
1767. She was the daughter of Samuel Sellers and Hannah Sellers, maiden name of 
Hannah is unknown, but they too were from Duplin Co. N.C. based on all known 
information. Her husband died in Effingham Co. Ga. and about 1806 she and her 
children moved to Tattnall Co. Ga. In 1819 when Appling was opened to settlers the 
sons moved across the Altamaha River into Appling. It does not say that she moved 
with them. Huxford says she was married when she moved to Tattnall Co., but does 
not say to whom. Her family is shown in the biography of her husband Samuel Sellars 
R.S. you are referred to Patrick Sellers of Waycross Georgia as an authority on the 
Sellers family. 



TAYLOR, HENRY R.S. (32) 

Mary (33) (Maiden name unknown) 
Henry Taylor, Revolutionary War ancestor of most of the Taylor family of 
Appling and Bacon Counties, was born about 1750 in St. George Parish, Georgia, a 
son of William Taylor a Colonial settler there. His wife, Mary (maiden name 
unknown), was born in this state about 1755, They had about eight children but the 
names of only six have been determined, viz: 

1. Henry b. 1773, m. Sarah 

2. William b. 1775, m. Unknown 

3. John (Vol II) b. 1777, m. Mary Barber, 1798, dau. of William Barber, R.S. 

4. Winnifred b. 1789, m. John R. Stone, Aug. 3, 1809 

5. Hezakiah b. 1790, m. Margaret Douglas, Feb. 6, 1812 

6. Isaiah b. 1793, m. Nancy Wheeler, June 6, 1812 

Henry Taylor served in the Georgia Line in the Revolutionary War as a private. 
He was granted 287 1 /g acres of bounty-land by the State of Georgia in 1785. The land 
laid in Washington County. At the commencement of the Revolution Henry Taylor's 



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family refugeed to South Carolina where they lived in the Barnwell District for a few 
years, then returning to Burke County. After granting the bounty-land Henry Taylor 
moved with his family to Washington County and lived there until he was cut into 
Montgomery County in its creation in 1796 out of Washington County. He deeded his 
bounty-land to his son, John Taylor, who sold it Dec. 28, 1798 to John Jones; and he 
(Henry) granted other land from the State and lived on same until his death about 
1820. He participated in the first Georgia land lottery in 1805, and drew a lot of land in 
Wilkinson County. 

The children above listed of Henry Taylor moved to Appling County after it was 
opened up to settlers in 1819, William Taylor being the first to move there in 1819, 
followed a few years later by his brothers, Hezekiah, John, Isaiah and Henry, Jr. and 
brother-in-law, John R. Stone by 1830. 

Authority for war service: Rev. Geo. G. Smith's "The Story of Georgia" in listing 
Georgia Revolutionary Soldiers, states that Henry Taylor was a private in the Georgia 
Line, Knight's "Georgia Roster of the Revolution" shows he was granted the 
bounty-land referred to. 

Mrs. Bonnie Taylor Baker of Bacon County, was the first descendant to be 
accepted as a member of the Daughter of the American Revolution on the record of 
Henry Taylor's Revolutionary War service. She was admitted Dec. 7, 1967, and is a 
member of John Floyd Chapter, DAR, and her D.A.R. National Number is 529527. 
She is the great granddaughter of Henry R. Taylor who was a grandson of the said 
Henry Taylor, R.S. 

ANCESTORS WAR SERVICE 

1. Private in the Georgia Line; was granted 287 Vfe acres of bounty-land by the State of 
Georgia in 1785 for his service. 

2. No pension. 

Authority documenting the above claimed services are: 

1. Georgia's Roster of the Revolution (by Lucien Lamar Knight, State Historian, 
pages 168, 239). 

2. "The Story of Georgia" by Rev. George G. Smith 

3. Revolutionary Soldiers Receipts for Georgia Bounty Grants (page 45). 

D.A.R. National Headquarters Microfilm 

1776 D Street, N.W. 

Washington, D.C. 
Huxford: Vol V, VI 



TAYLOR, PVT. HENRY R. Indian War 1838 (8) 

Henry R. Taylor was born in Montgomery County in 1816, son of John Taylor. He 
came to Appling County with his parents in his youth, and was married there in 1836 
to Margaret Rigdon, born 1816 in South Carolina, daughter of Berry S. Rigdon. They 
had eight children, viz: 

1. Daniel Joseph b. 1837, m. Amy Nelson, dau. of Michael. 

2. James Ben b. 1839, m. Sophronia Lee, dau. of James 

3. Catherine H. b. 1844, m. Levi R. Thompson of Ware Co. 



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4. Martha b. 1846, m. Henry S. McCarthy 

5. Reubin W. b. 1847, m. Sarah Ann Roberts, Oct. 29, 1877 

6. Aaron L. b. 1851, m. Thomas 

7. Margaret b. 1853, m. Angus McClellan 

8. Eliza Ann b. 1857, m. John Hancock 

Mr. Taylor lived in the portion of Appling now since 1914 in Bacon County. He 
was a private in the Indian War, serving two enlistments, viz: Private in Capt. N J. 
Holton's company of Appling County militia, June 9th to Aug. 19, 1838; and Private 
in Capt. Jonathan Knight's company of Lowndes County militia, Aug. 18th to Sept. 
22, 1840. 

In their last years Mr. and Mrs. Taylor moved to Ware County and lived near 
Waresboro until their deaths. He died in 1889 and she died May 20, 1890. They were 
buried in Waresboro cemetery. They were members of the Congregational Methodist 
Church and were highly respected by all who knew them. 



Huxford Vol. VI, Page 257. 



TAYLOR, JAMES BENJAMIN, C.S.A. (4) 

James Benjamin Taylor, a Confederate Soldier, was born January 16, 1839, in 
Appling County, Georgia (now Bacon County). He was the son of Henry R. Taylor and 
Margaret (Peggy) Rigdon. 

He married Sophronia Lee, the daughter of James Lee and Cinderella Sellars, 
She was born on February 22, 1847, in the Pine Grove Community of Appling County 
(now Bacon), located five miles south of Alma, Georgia, just off U.S. Highway 
Number 1. 

Mr. Taylor was a private in the War Between the States. He served in Company 
D, 26th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia, Ware 
County, Georgia, Ware Gaurds. 

"This company was designated Old Company H, and New 

Company D, which became Company F, 26th Regiment, Georgia 

Infantry." (1) 

''...private, April 4, 1862. Captured at Wilderness, Virginia, May 6, 1864. 
Released at Elmira, N.Y., June 21, 1865." (2) 

The information given above corroborates the story told many times by his son, 
Mr. Nick Taylor, that his father was imprisioned in Elmira, N. Y. , for a year, was paid 
ten cents a day for hard labor, released at the end of the war and had to make his way 
back to his home in Georgia anyway he could, most of which was on foot. 

The Honorable J. Ben Taylor was a Representative to the Georgia State 
Legislature from Appling County in 1907 and 1908. He was elected in the 1906 
election. He can be found listed as a Representative from Appling County in the 1958 
Edition of the Official Register of the State of Georgia, published every two years by 
the State Department of Archives and History. 

Mr. Taylor was a deeply religious man. It is said that he could be heard praying 
at his house, by neighbors who lived across the field. At the time of his death, he was 
living at his old home place and being cared for by his friends, Mr. and Mrs. Heber 
Andrews. 



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Mr. Andrews' son, Clyde, recalls the story of his parents concerning Mr. 
Taylor's long illness. It seems that he knew that death was near. He arose from his 
bed, knelt beside his bed and asked God to take him and not let him suffer. Shortly 
after he returned to his bed, his death came quietly and painlessly on December 2, 
1912. 

Tuesday, December 3, 1912, in the WAYCROSS DAILY JOURNAL, there 
appeared the following obituary notice: 

Mr. Ben Taylor Dead 

"A prominent citizen of Appling County died yesterday at his home near Alma. 
Mr. Taylor was about 72 years of age. He was the Uncle of Leonard P. Taylor, and 
leaves several sons and daughters. The funeral and internment occurred near Alma 
today." 

He was buried on the land he owned, about a quarter of a mile to the north of his 
house, beside his wife who died September 30, 1904. This is the Taylor family 
cemetery, located to the rear of the New Union Baptist Church. The cemetery has its 
own deed on record in the Bacon County, Georgia, Courthouse; the land at a later 
date being owned by a son, Rufas, who gave the land for use as a cemetery and made 
a deed of record accordingly. The graves of Mr. Taylor and his wife, Sophronia, are 
marked by large granite stones. 

In talking with Aunt "Jim" Johnson, the widow of the late Walter Johnson, at 
one time Sheriff of Bacon County, she was asked if she remembered J. Ben Taylor. 
Her reply was, "When Ben walked through the door, you knew it; he was a big and a 
tall man." 

His children are: 



1. Leander 


b. 


1861, died infant; 




m. 


never 


2. Emonizer 


b. 


1868, died infant; 




m. 


never 


3. Louviana ("Beannie") 


b. 


1870; 




m. 


Sylvester Turner 


4. A. M. 


b. 


1871; 




m. 


Madie Thompson 


5. Walter Leon 


b. 


1875; 




m. 


Flora Tuten. 


6. Thomas Bartow 


b. 


1874; 




m. 


Emma Lee. 


7. Minnie M. 


b. 


1877; 




m. 


never. 


8. Rufas Lester 


b. 


1884; 




m. 


Annie White. 


9. Louisa 


b. 


1886; 




m. 


Jim Douglas 


10. Brantley 


b. 


1890; 




m. 


never. 


11. Eliza L. 


b. 


1892; 




m. 


John Douglas. 


12. Simon 


b. 


1880; 




m. 


Delia Lynch. 



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13. Victoria b. Unknown; 

m. Hichton Wheeler. 

During the war Between the States, Mr. Taylor was called into service at 
approximate age 22 and left behind a wife and small child named Leander, who was 
born December 22, 1861. Times were hard in those days, but gloom settled over the 
family with the death of Leander, August 29, 1863, long before his father was 
released from prison in 1865. Years later, a daughter, Louisa, named a son for her 
brother about whom the above story is told. 

In the family burying ground, there is a Sinderella. Her grave is marked by a 
stone with the inscription "Pa don't you cry". She also died before she was two years 
old, but no one seems to know the story behind, or the reason for, the inscription. 

REFERENCE: Georgia Official and Statistical Register 1957-1958 Page 1061. 

Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia 1861-1865 Vol. Ill 
P-206. 

RECORD OF LAND DEEDS OF J, BEN TAYLOR 

In the County Courthouse in Bacon County, recorded March 22, 1915 there is a 
record of a Warranty Deed dated October4, 1886 whereby the grantor Henry R. 
Taylor sold to his son, grantee James B. Taylor (which is James Benjamin Taylor), all 
that tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the 5th district of the County of 
Appling known and distinguished in the plan of said district, 245 acres more or less 
situated on the north side of said lot. The index shows this deed to cover 245 acres of 
lot number 222 in the 5th District of Appling County. The reason for the date of the 
Warranty Deed being in 1886 is because Bacon County was not formed until 1914 and 
Bacon County records presumable were brought from Baxley and recorded in the 
Book I, Page 88 after Bacon County became into being which was why this record was 
recorded on March 22, 1915. 

This is the first information that has been made available to anyone that Henry R. 
Taylor deeded to his son, James Ben Taylor, the 245 acres in lot # 222 now Bacon 
County which has always been known as the J. Ben Taylor place. 

On November 10, 1908, J. Ben Taylor made a Warranty Deed to grantee E. 
Simon Taylor, his son, recorded in Appling County September 9, 1910 Book 7, page 
27. This was prior to the date of Bacon County being organized. 

Back to the first deed, Henry R. Taylor to James B. Taylor, the consideration for 
this transfer of property was 8300.00 and it covered 245 acres in lot # 222. 

Now back to J. Ben Taylor to H. Simon Taylor, which was recorded September 9, 
1910 and the instrument dated November 10, 1908 in Book 7, page 27, the 
consideration was 8500.00 and it was 95 acres more or less in land lot # 222, bounded 
by lands of Rufas L. Taylor and bounded by lands of Alfred Turner. Presumably, J. 
Ben Taylor had already sold the land to his son Rufus L. Taylor and this was dividing 
up the original 245 acres into 95 acres for his son H. Simon Taylor. 

There is on record a Warranty Deed, H. Simon Taylor grantor to grantee Louisa 
Douglas, Book # 6, page 628-9 in Appling County, recorded December 16, 1911, date 
of the instrument on November 30, 1910, consideration 81,000.00. All that tract or 
parcel of land being in the 5th Land District of Appling County and containing 83 
acres more or less of Lot # 222 as bounded on the north by lands of Rufus L. Taylor and 



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on the east by lands of Alfred Turner. This presumably is H. Simon Taylor selling to 
his sister, Louisa Douglas, a portion of the acreage he owned in Lot # 222 which he had 
bought from his father, J. Ben Taylor in a previous transaction. 

There is another Warranty Deed from Louisa Douglas to Nellie Andrews. The 
instrument was dated October 30, 1912, prior to Bacon County being formed, and it 
was recorded January 6, 1930 in Book 9, page 220 in Appling County, Georgia for a 
consideration of 62,000.00. All that tract or parcel of land lying in the 5th District of 
Appling County and containing 83 acres. This is the same acreage that was previously 
purchased from Simon Taylor and now being sold to Louisa Douglas, bounded as 
follows: On the north by Rufus Taylor lands on the east by Alfred Turner lands. 

Another Warranty Deed, grantor H. Simon Taylor and grantee Nellie Andrews, 
date of instrument October 30, 1912, recorded October 16, 1916 in Book 4, page 233 in 
Bacon County, Georgia. This transaction preceded the creation of Bacon County but 
the record was brought to Bacon County and recorded since it was a part of the new 
Bacon County that was created. The consideration for this was 3100.00. The land is 
described as all of that tract of land lying and being in the 5th District of Appling 
County and containing 12 acres more of less in land lot # 222 and bounded on the north 
by Rufus L. Taylor and on the east and west by lands of Louisa Douglas. It appears 
that they were selling pieces of land and still retaining some. 

There is also a Warranty Deed to grantor J. Ben Taylor to grantee Rufus L. 
Taylor, his son, date of instrument November 10, 1908, recorded September 9, 1910 
in Book 7, page 28, Appling County, Georgia for the consideration of 0500.00. This is 
95 acres of land in lot # 222. 

Warranty Deed, grantor R.L. Taylor and grantee H.D. Dowdy. Sold for 8260.00 
Feburary 20, 1915, date of instrument recorded February 20, 1915 in Book 1, page 39 
in Bacon County, Georgia. 

There is also a plot of land, lot # 222 which is the old J. Ben Taylor place in the 
records of the County Courthouse which also shows half an acre where the Taylor 
Cemetery is now located and fenced in. This record was seen and a copy made of it by 
Lois Taylor Coley, granddaughter of J. Benjamin Taylor. This land is now owned by 
Earnest Barber and the old log house where the J. Ben Taylor family was reared has 
just been torn down in the month of February and March of 1971. It had stood all this 
time, probably over 100 years old, and the logs were in perfect condition and it had 
not been used for probably 20 or 25 years. The reason it was blown down is that the 
high winds took the roof off and caused the underpinnings to collapse and that is, as 
far as we know, the last of the J. Ben Taylor farm. I can remember hearing my father 
say that the original Taylor family came to this area and homesteaded 1,000 acres of 
land, presumably two lots which usually comprises about 495 to 500 acres of land. 



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TAYLOR, MARY (19-2) 



Mary Taylor, born 1805, daughter of John and Mary Barber Taylor, was the 
second wife of Berry S. Rigdon (son of Thomas Rigdon, R.S. and Amy O'Neal). 

Mary's brother, Henry R. Taylor, married Mary's husband's daughter, 
Margaret, by his (Berry S.) first wife Sarah Blakeley. This makes Berry S. Rigdon 
marrying his son-in-laws sister, Berry S. Rigdon was born in 1787 and his second 
wife, Mary Taylor, was born in 1805, so Mary married a man 18 years her senior. 

Second marriages of progenitors are not usually included in genealogy records, 
except in this case, Mary Taylor is the daughter of John Taylor, the progenitor of 
many of the names in Bacon County. He being the son of Henry Taylor, R.S., a 
common ancestor of most of the Bacon County Taylor's and a direct ancestor of 
Bonnie Taylor Baker. 

Huxford Vol. II, page 269, Vol. V, page 360 



TAYLOR, JOHN Pvt. War 1838 (16) 

John Taylor, the progenitor of many of the name in Bacon County, was born in 
South Carolina about 1770 or 1780, a son of Henry Taylor, R.S., and his wife Mary. 
The family moved to Georgia during the Revolution or soon after, and lived in Burke 
County. The elder Taylor was granted 287 Vz acres of bounty land in Washington 
County in 1785. On the creation of Montgomery County in 1796, they moved there 
where the elder Taylor appears on the tax-digest of 1797 and 1798 as a tax payer. 

John Taylor married Mary Barber, daughter of William Barber, daughter of 
William Barber, R.S., and his wife, Sytha, natives of North Carolina. They were 
married in Montgomery County in December, 1798. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor had five 
children listed as follows: 

1. Nancy b. 1802, m. Francis T. Holton 

2. Mary b. 1805, m. Berry S. Rigson (2nd Wife) 

3. Sytha b. 1808, m. Hymrick Meeks 

4. Henry R. b. 1816, m. Margaret Rigdon 

5. James Sr. b. 1814, m. Elizabeth Tanner, daughter of Wilson 

Tanner 

Mr. Taylor first moved to Irwin County when he left Montgomery County. He 
appears on the first petit jury there in 1820. About 1825, he moved to Appling County 
and located on land lot 460, 5th. land district in what is now Bacon County. He was a 
private in Capt. N.J. Holton' s company of Appling County Militia in the Indian War in 
1838. 

Mrs. Taylor died about 1848. In 1850, Mr. Taylor divided his property between 
his children, and gave them deeds of gift. He gave the home-place to his son-in-law, 
Hymrick Meeks. It seems that the lot 460 was all the land he owned at the time. He 
owned a number of slaves and a large herd of cattle, which was among the property 
he divided. Mr. Taylor made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Meeks until his death about 
1858. 



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John Taylor died in 1854 at the home of his daughter Mrs. Holton in Ware 
County, as shown by the Georgia Supreme Court Reports, Vol. 20, Page 491 in a case 
involving his estate. 

Before my fathers death and while I was on visits to our home in Alma, Georgia, 
he told me that our forefather homesteaded two lots of land nearby, just where in 
Bacon (Appling then) I cannot remember. He paid 85.00 for each lot (approximately 
500 acres) and that was some sort of recording fee. Also in settling these lots they 
moved onto them with relatives. One of my fathers great Aunts was stolen by the 
Indians and corn was traded in exchange for the Aunt's return. He also told me the 
story of his father Benjamin Taylor imprisonment in Elmira, N.Y. For a year at 10c 
per day, released and walked home. This is in the records. The Compiler believes that 
John was the forefather to whom her father referred to as homesteading two lots one 
of which it is believed to be the Lot No. 460 of the Camp Ground Church property. 

CENSUS REFERENCES: 1820, Irwin; 1830, 1840, 1850, Appling 
Huxford; Vol. II, page 269, 270, Vol. Ill, page 417, Vol. IV, page 370 

1850 CENSUS 
APPLING COUNTY, GA. 

Household Age 

Family No. Name Sex Occupation Land Born 

145-145 John Taylor 80M (deaf) SC 



TAYLOR, WILLIAM (64) 

William Taylor, the oldest of the writers progenitors on her paternal side is 
known only as the father of Henry Taylor, the Revolutionary Soldier. He was a 
colonial settler in 1750 in St. Georgie's Parish Georgia. 

He had a grandson, by his son Henry named William. According to Mr. Huxford 
(Vol. V. page 444 all his grandchildren moved to Appling County after the County was 
opened up to settlers in 1819. The only Taylor listed in the 1820 Census was William 
who could very well be the grandson of this William Taylor. 

TUTEN, CYNTHIA (49) 
TUTEN, THOMAS (48) 

Very little is known about Cynthia Tuten and little is known about her husband, 
some believe that her husband was Thomas Tuten. She was born March 21, 1780, 
presumably in S.C. and died June 21, 1855. She is buried in Ware County, Georgia in 
the "Old Tuten Cemetery" located on the Tom Tuten home place. Some refer to the 
cemetery as Old Iron Bridge Cemetery located in Ware County, Georgia, within the 
Haywood Community. 



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1. 


William P Sr 


b. 






m. 


2. 


Felix W. Sr. 


b. 






1X1 • 


3. 


John E. 


b. 






m. 


4. 


Joseph (Rev.) 


b. 






ttl. 


5. 


1 nomas K. 


D. 






m. 


6. 


Ezekial P. 


b. 






m. 


7. 


Hardy P., C.S.A. 


b. 






m. 



Her children are listed as follows: 

b. 1, 1801, Beaufort Dist., S.C. died Sept. 1, 
1881; 

Martha Tuten. 
1808, Beaufort Dist., S.C; 
Tobitha Peeples 

March 15, 1811, Beaufort Dist., S.C; 
Lacy Bell 

July 31, 1814, died Feb. 22, 1877; 
Keziah (maiden name unknown) 
July 31, 1814, twin to Joseph; 
Rachael (maiden name unknown) 
1806, S.C; 

(1) Nancy Rivers; (2) Mary Miles; (3) Rene 
Prescott 

1823, died Nov. 5, 1863; 

Rachel Smith; Hardy was a Veteran of the C.S. 
Army. 

Cynthia's grave was discovered by Dr. A.V\ Tuten of Baxley, Ga., on a visit to 
the old Tom Tuten farm in the northeast end of Ware County, Ga. The Tuten Family 
Cemetery is located in the woods behind a field off a dirt road. This dirt road 
intersects U.S. Highway No. 1 to the Ga. paved road known as the short cut to 
Waycross from the Bacon County line to Jamestown. 

Dr. Tuten visited the Old Tuten Cemetery and by tapping a crowbar over various 
spots, he was able to locate the grave. He found a headstone buried under leaves and 
other debris on which was carved all that is known about Cynthia. She must have lived 
on the Tom Tuten farm before and at the time of her death in July of 1855. 

The cemetery is referred to by Dr. Tuten as the Old Iron Bridge Cemetery in 
Ware County, Haywood Community; however, John Minchew, one-time owner of the 
Tom Tuten farm, has never heard it referred to by any other name than the Old Tuten 
Family Cemetery. The last known person buried there, according to Mr. John 
Minchew, was in 1915 or 1916. It was Tom Tuten's mother. 

The Tom Tuten farm was sold by Tom Tuten to John Minchew in the Fall of 1924. 
John Minchew, being 24 years of age in 1924 and 76 years of age in 1975, said Tom 
Tuten died in 1924 and is buried at Beulah Church Cemetery in Pierce Co., Ga. Mr. 
Minchew purchased from Tom Tuten what he was told to be a farm of 390 acres only 
later it was measured to be a farm of 500 acres more or less. John Minchew sold the 
farm to Mike Minchew, its present (1975) owner. 

Mr. John Minchew was the son of Rev. Tom Minchew, whose wife was Tobitha 
Tuten. Mr. Minchew is most likely a descendant of Cynthia Tuten; however, he is 
unaware of any relationship and knows of no record to prove this belief. 

In a letter to Bonnie Taylor Baker, dated Dec. 17 1974, and received while 
visiting in Alex., Va., Dr. A.V. Tuten wrote: "Cynthia Tuten born 21, March 1780 in 
S.C. came to Georgia with Joseph Tuten and Kisbeth Tuten, the 1st of February 1853 
and died 21, July 1855 and was buried in the fifth district of Ware Co. , Ga. in the Old 
Iron Bridge Cemetery in Ware County, Ga." 

"So far as I can tell William R. Tuten of S.C. came down with Rev. Joseph Tuten 



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and bought two lots of land, No.'s 208 and 253, in the fifth district of Ware County for 
the sum of 81,000.00 from Andrew Walker, deed in Deed Book A, page 121, this 
being made and signed by Andrew Walker, Feb. 1, 1853." 

(Other deed book land sales shown in detail in the above referred to Dr. A.V. 
Tuten letter, on file and a copy included herein.) 

Cynthia Tuten is buried in an abandoned cemetery in Ware County, Ga. The 
Compiler visited the spot with her brother, Harold Taylor, Sunday afternoon, May 11, 
1975. The following inscription is on her sandstone tombstone: 

"Sacred to the memory of Cynthia Tuten 
Born: March 21, 1780 Died: July 21, 1855 

'Here lies one who in this life was a kind 
Mother, a true Wife. She was by many virtues blest 
and piety and the best' . ' ' 
The old burying ground appears to be about one fourth of an acre in size. On the 
eastern end are buried "Minchews", in the center are "Carsons" and on the western 
end are the graves of "Tutens". Cynthia is buried next to her son Rev. Joseph Tuten, 
the direct descendent of Dr. A.V. Tuten of Baxley, Georgia. 

It is unlikely that this burying ground will ever be reclaimed as such. It is private 
property. To clear the area, restore the head and foot stones, identify unmarked 
graves as such, would be a herculean and costly task. 

TUTEN, DAVID RIVERS 1st [C.S.A.] (12) 

David Rivers Tuten was born February 17, 1841 in S.C., the son of Ezekial P. 
Tuten and Nancy Rivers. He married on Jan. 3, 1861, Flora Elizabeth Miles. She was 
the daughter of John Miles and Harriet Kemp, after the death of her husband she 
married Roscoe Surrency and her third marriage was to Joshua H. Stone. 

Flora Elizabeth Miles was born May 21, 1843 and died Feb. 1908. Their children 
were: 

1. William Bartow b. 28, Nov. 1861, m. Elizabeth Roberson dau. of 

Silas, July 1883. 

2. Martha Elnore b. 12, May 1866, m. Dan Martin Deen, Oct. 3, 1880 

3. Harriette Lou b. 11, Oct. 1868, m. Allen Johnson 

4. Laure Sarah Josephine b. 8, Nov. 1870, m. Silas M. Johnson 

5. John Leonard Alexander b. 26, Feb. 1873, m. Mary Eliza Herndon, Jan 1890 

David Rivers Tuten was a Past Master in the Holmesville Lodge (Masonic) No. 
195, Appling County, Georgia. His son, William Bartow, was also a Past Master in 
the same Lodge No. 195. 

David Rivers Tuten lost an arm in the service of the Confederate States Army. 
After his return home from the War Between the States he was the Justice of the 
Peace in Appling County. According to a story told by his granddaughter, he was on 
his way to Holmesville, Ga., County seat of Appling County on horseback, to testify 
against or, pass judgement on a Ben Leggett court case involving some hogs. 
Between the John Tuten and Silas Roberson farms, was a creek. As David Rivers 
passed the creek dividing the two properties, he was allegedly fatally shot by Ben 
Leggett, who dragged his body into the creek and covered it with moss. 



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Ben Leggett was the father of Ira Leggett, who was for many years Clerk of the 
Court in Baxley, Georgia. 

There is in the family possessions of Bonnie Taylor Baker, the long, bullet torn, 
hand made underwear worn by David Rivers Tuten whenever he was fatally shot. This 
apparel was handed down to Bonnie through her mother's family. 

As the story goes, the horse with empty saddle returned back home and a search 
was begun. It seems his dog stayed near his body and it was soon located. Even today 
(1974) the head of the creek where David Rivers Tuten's body was found is still known 
locally as "The Tuten Head". His wife, Flora, was left a widow with five children to 
rear. She first married Mr. Surrency, then after his death, married Mr. Stone. They 
then moved to his home area nearer to Baxley, Ga. The area of the "Tuten Head" is 
in the Red Oak Community, Appling Co., Ga., and some of the property was, in the 
1960's, owned by a Mr. Beckworth, being part of Land Lot # 34 in Appling County. 

Mr. David Rivers Tuten died March 16, 1880, and was buried on the 17th in the 
Wesley Chapel Cemetery in east Bacon Co., Ga. 

His grave has been unmarked, except for a foot stone which was found at the site 
of his grave with the initials D.R.T. engraved upon the face of the stone. In 1974 a 
family relative, Mr. Ezekial Z. Holland and his wife Mary Ketus, erected a Veterans 
Memorial Slab, in cement, to the head of the grave site. The Memorial Marker is 
furnished free of charge by the Federal Government, and contains the service record 
of the deceased. 

Mr. Tuten's grave is located between the graves of John and Harriett Kemp 
Miles and the iron fence. The iron fence surrounds the sites of the graves of his son, 
William Bartow and his (Bartow's) wife Elizabeth Roberson. 

A photocopy of 4 6 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers from 
Georgia" in the National Archives in Wash, D.C. show David R. Tuten to be a 
Corporal Sergeant in Co. F, 47th Georgia Infantry, Commanded by Capt. James H. 
Latimer. He enlisted March 4, (year not given) at Holmesville, Ga. and the period of 
enlistment was "3 years or war" . He was " promoted to third Sergt. the 12 August, 1 
month and 11, as Corp. and 19 as Sergt." He was paid "for monthly pay from July 1, 
1863, to August 31, 1863, being two months at £17.00 per month, 334.00, for use and 
risk of horse at 40 cents per day. 5 ' ' 'Thirty four dollars being the amount, and in full of 
the above account." 

In the 1850 Appling Co., Ga. Census "David" was listed as being 8 years old, 
living in the household of Ezekial Tuten and wife, Mary. 

Mrs. Walker (Idell) Smith of Varnville, S.C. has in her possession a number of 
letters written to Jasper Tuten of S.C. from James A. Padgett in Holmesville, Ga., 
Appling Co. She also has letters from Tutens in Ware County and Appling County, 
Georgia. James A. Padgett, a school teacher wrote in one of his letters to Jasper 
Tuten of S.C. that; "I wish here to inform you that David R. Tuten and myself, are 
selling of our little, and making every preparation to leave by the first of November 
for Arkansas, and many others around here are bound for Texas, if they can sell." 
The letter was dated July 1859, and sent by Rigdon B. Tuten. 

From the paper The Wiregrass Watchman - R.S. Burton, Editor Hazlehurst, 
Georgia, June 8th 1880. 

'We attended the funeral ceremony of David Rivers Tuten on last Sunday. The 
Rev. W.A. McDonald who is one of the ablest divines in this section of the state, 



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preached the funeral sermon, ' 'Prepare to Meet Thy God." The sermon was truly 
impressive and showed clearly the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death. The 
brethen paid their last tribute to their deceased brother by giving a Masonic burial. 
There were a number of Masons around the grave, forming a circle, in the midst of 
which was the wife and children of the lamented brother, making a sad scene to 
behold." He died March 16, 1880. 

Deed Book F, page 586, shows deed to Lot 94 from John W. Miles to David 
Tuten, January 21, 1862, Appling Co., Ga. 

ESTATE OF DAVID R. TUTEN WIFE FLORA MILES TUTEN 
Appling County Court of Ordinary Records - Miscellaneous 1874-1882 

p. 150 Flora Tuten applies for and is granted letters of Administration on the estate of 
David R. Tuten. Aug. 2, 1880 signed Silas A. Crosby O.A.C. 
p. 152 By Silas Crosby, ordinary 

Whereas William Bartow Tuten, Martha Elnora Tuten, Harriet Lovemena Tuten, 
Laura Josephine Tuten, and John Leonard Alexander Tuten, minors and heirs of 
David R. Tuten of said county is possession of considerable estate by means whereof 
the power of granting guardianship of the said minors to me of right does belong, 
appoint Flora E. Tuten as guardian of said children. September 6, T880 
p. 297 Bond of guardian- John W. Miles, J.H. Abbot and Isaac Moody as security 
bond of 03360. September 6, 1880 March 16, 1880 

p. 295 Administrator's bond of Flora Tuten as principal and G.M.T. Overstreet, 
Banner Thomas, and Joseph G. Dedge as securities, bond for 35200. Aug. 2, 1880 
Appling County Court of Ordinary Guardianship Vouchers on Estates, etc; Book D 
1878-1891 

p. 70 Inventory and Appraisement of Estate of David R. Tuten-late of said County 



head stock cattle at 87 each 


8630.00 


head beef cattle at 810.00 


30.00 


head sheep at 82.00 


80.00 


head stock hogs at 82.00 


96.00 


head meat hogs at 83.00 


36.00 


bay horse 


90.00 


gray mule 


150.00 


sorrel mare 


125.00 


mule colt 


60.00 


mare colt 


45.00 


beehives 


16.50 


horse cart 


8.00 


buggy and harness 


10.00 



1 
1 

22 
1 
1 

Appling County Minutes of Court of Ordinary Book D. 1879-1886 

p. Flora Tuten, (Elizabeth Miles) administrator of estate of her husband asks 
permission to box the timber on lots owned by the estate for the education of the 
minor children. 

Appling County Returns on Estates Book C. 1877-1888 

p. 138 W.B. Tuten states he received on June 4, 1883 of Flora E. Tuten 15 head of 
stock cattle, 35 head of hogs, 19 head of sheep, real estate and money .. guardian is 
fully discharged and "acquited" on any and further claim on my part against the 



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father's estate. James Tillman, ordinary. 

p. 139 James Tillman, ordinary July 2, 1883 dismissed Flora E. Tuten as guardian of 
the minor children. 

p. 151 D.M. Deen, guardian for wife Martha Elnora Tuten states they received 
3526.06 her distribution share of her father's estate, D.R. Tuten., guardian Flora E. 
Tuten hereby discharged from any further claim on his wife's part. Received July 2, 
1883 James Tillman, ordinary. 

p. 153 July 2, 1883 James Tillman, ordinary. J. Allen Johnson, guardian for his wife 
Harriet Lovemena Tuten . . wife received north half of lot # 92, in 2nd district valued at 
3200. 1/5 interest in lot # 105 in 3rd dist. valued at 325, 16 head of cattle valued at 
3105, sheep valued at 320, and money 3281.86. . guardian discharge from all claims on 
their part. 

p. 172 Flora E. Tuten making an annual return for J. L. A. Tuten and L.J. Tuten minor 
heirs of D.R. Tuten for 1884. Aug. 4, 1884 James Tillman. 

p. 199 Annual Returns for J.L.A. Tuten and L.J. Tuten, minor heirs of D.R. Tuten 
made by E.F. Surrency guardian for 1885 Aug. 3, 1885- James Tillman, 
p. 208 Annual Returns still being made by Mrs. F.E. Surrency for 2 minor children. 
For 1886 - Josephine and John L. Tuten. 

p. 273-4 Silas A. Crosby, on Aug. 2, 1880 ordered George M.T. Overstreet, Henry A. 
Bennett, J.H, Abbot and Jos. J. Williams to appraise the estate of David R. Tuten and 
set aside a 12 months support out of said estate for Flora E. Tuten and her 5 minor 
children. Report within 60 days. On Oct. 22 1880 the committee reports a schedule of 
property set aside for the support of the widow and 5 minor children. Amount set 
aside 3600.00 consisting of 200 bushels of corn at 80c - 3160.00; 2000 lbs. fodder - 
320.00; 1 potato patch - 320.00; 1 cane patch, 320.00; 1 gray mule - 3150.00; 1 sorrel 
mare - 3125.00; 12 head meat hogs - 336.00; 2 saddles - 34.00; 1 lot plow gear - 32.00; 
interest in cane mill, 320.00; 1 sugar pan - 311.17; 1 horse cart - 38.00; 1 sewing 
machine, 315.00; 1 clock - 35.00, bal. in money 313.83 and also all the household and 
kitchen furniture. 
TUTEN, EZEKIAX P. (24) 
Mary Mile® (25(2) 
Rene' Prescott (25(3) 

Ezekial P. Tuten was born in South Carolina in 1806. His date and place of death 
is not known. Nore is the location of his burial site known. 

The following is a list of his known children: 

1. Cynthia b. 1831, S.C.; 

m. (1) James Padgett; (2) T.A. Leak. 

2. William H, (Bill) b. 1832, S.C.; 

m. (1) Elizabeth Bullard; (2) Beech. 

3. Mary Rebecca b. 1835, S.C.; 

m. Jasper Thomas Tuten (1st cousin) 

4. Josephine A.* b. Nov. 19, 1837, S.C.; 

died Feb. 13, 1896; 
m. John Wesley Miles 

5. David Rivers I* b. Feb. 17, 1841, S.C.; died Mar. 16, 1880; 

m. Flora Elizabeth Miles 
* Place of burial - Wesley Church Cemetery in Bacon County, Georgia. 



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Ezekial P. Tuten was first married to Nancy Rivers who was born in South 
Carolina in 1808. She was the daughter of David Rivers and Philadelphia (Millie) 
Mixon. His second wife is Mary Miles, from best authority, born in South Carolina. 
His third wife was Rene' Prescott, about 15 years of age, with whom he left Appling 
County to go west. At this writing, no more is known about life or death of his second 
and third wives. 

E.P. Tuten is shown in the 1850 Census of Appling County, Georgia, as being the 
head of the household, 44 years of age, the farmer with 1500 acres of land and born in 
South Carolina. Mary (assumed to be Mary Miles, his second wife) was listed second 
in line, 42 years of age, and born in South Carolina. 



The following are also listed in the same household: 





NAME 


AGE 


SEX 


PLACE OF BIRTH 


1. 


William 


18 


M 


S.C. 


2. 


Mary Rebecca 


15 ■ 


F 


S.C. 


3. 


Josephine A. 


12 


F 


S.C. 


4. 


David 


8 


M 


S.C. 


5. 


Sinthia (Cynthia) T. Padgett** 


19 


F 


S.C. 




a. Eliza Padgett 


2 


F 


Ga. 




b. Martha C. Padgett 


2 


F 


Ga. 




c. Mary Padgett 


1 


F 


Ga. 



In April, 1966, Bonnie Taylor Baker visited the Baxley, Georgia, Courthouse. 
While checking the Courthouse records dating back to 1820, she found three powers 
of attorney giving Ezekial the power to go to South Carolina and take any legal action 
necessary to settle the estate of David Rivers, Sr. The powers of attorney were given 
to him by: 



1. Josephine A. Tuten and Wesley Miles dated Jan. 5, 1857; 

2. Cynthia A. Padgett dated Feb. 8, 1856; 

3. William H. Tuten dated Feb. 8, 1956. 

Carrie Deen (deceased 1974) wrote to Bonnie Taylor Baker on April 5, 1965, telling 
her of two letters she had in her possession from E.P. Tuten. The first dated June 6, 
1860, from Alabama, Coffee County, addressed Dear Son wherein he wrote of 
eventually living in the west. The second dated June 22, 1861, presumably from the 
same place, addressed Dear Son and Relatives saying he expected to leave in the fall. 
Copies of these letters are included herein. 

Near Beulah Church in Pierce County, Georgia, lives a Mrs. Pliney Tuten, nee 
Thornton. Her husband was the son of Frank Tuten, who lived in Texas, but came to 
this area and married a Sweat girl. Dr. A.V. Tuten believes this is a descendant of 
Ezekial P. Tuten; however, Mrs. Pliney Tuten knows no details of her husband's 
father's family and possesses no Bible or other records to give any light to this belief. 
The thinking of Dr. Tuten and Bonnie Taylor Baker is that there must have been some 
reason for a Tuten from Texas to return to an area very close to the Tom Tuten farm 
and family burying grounds. In the "Tuten Family Cemetery" and the Beulah Church 
Cemetery are buried many Tutens. There are living today in the Haywood Community 
many persons married into the Tuten family. They could probably be traced to the 
mother of Ezekial, Cynthia Tuten, and her other five sons. She is buried in the "Tuten 

**Sinthia (Cynthia) Tuten Padgett separated from James Padgett in 1849. 



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Family Cemetery" also known as the Old Iron Bridge Cemetery in Ware County, 
Georgia. 

Research by the Compiler and Dr. A.V. Tuten working with Mrs. Idell Smith of 
Varnville, S.C. verifies the contention that Ezekial, his mother and brothers who came 
to Georgia first before 1850 were of the same family. Further research has also linked 
the Tutens of S.C. to those of Beaufort County N.C. The result of this research is of 
such enormity, it precludes it becoming a part of this publication and will have to be 
told at a later date in a publication by Dr. A.V. Tuten of Baxley, Ga. a Co-lateral 
relative of the Compiler. 



. 1850 CENSUS 
APPUNG COUNTY, GA. 

Household Age 

Family No. Name Sex Occupation Land Born 

63-63 EzekialP.Tooten MM Farmer 1500A SC 

Mary 42F SC 

William Tooten 15 SC 

Josephine A. 12 SC 

David 8M SC 

Sintha Padgett 19F SC 

Eliza 4F Ga 

Martha C. 2F Ga 

Mary IF Ga 



Deed Book ABC, pages 392-393 shows that: 

1. Ezekial P. Tuten bought from David D. Duall, 490 acres, lot number 447, Jefferson 
Davis County, *2nd District of Appling County, Dec. 21, 1845, witnessed by 
Thomas P. Tuten. 

2. Ezekial P. Tuten bought from Washington Dyall 490 acres lot no. 446, Jefferson 
Davis County, 2nd District of Appling County, Dec. 23, 1845. 

3. Ezekial P. Tuten bought from Daniel D, Davis, 490 acres lot no. 466, 2nd District 
Jefferson Davis County, Dec. 13, 1845. 

4. Ezekial P. Tuten sold to Michael Crops 490 acres, lot no. 445, 2nd District, Appling 
County, Jan. 12, 1852. Deed Book ABC page 390. Witnessed by Thomas Tuten, 
J. P., Jefferson Davis County, Graham Community. 

5. Ezekial P. Tuten given Power of Attorney by Wesley Miles and Josephine A. 
Tuten Jan. 5, 1857 to proceed to S.C. and settle estate of David Rivers Sr. Deed 
Book E. 

6. Ezekial P. Tuten sold to Wesley Miles 735 acres, lot no. 94 and half of lot no. 93. 
Deed Book E, page 176, Jan. 7, 1857. Sweetwater Creek, Red Oak District. 

7. Ezekial P. Tuten given Power of Attorney Feb. 8, 1856 by Cynthia A. Padgett to 
settle estate in S.C. of David Rivers Sr. Deed Book E, page 21. Court House 
Baxley, Georgia. 

*Second District runs about five miles east of Baxley, Ga. all the way to Jefferson 
Davis County line, to the Altamaha River on the north, to Pierce County line on the 
south. (Red Oak Community etc.) 



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8. Ezekial P. Tuten given Power of Attorney Feb. 8, 1857 by Wm, H. Tuten to settle 
estate of David Rivers Sr. in S.C. Deed Book E, page 22. 

9. Ezekial P. Tuten bought from Washington Dyall 490 acres, lot no. 418, Dec. 31, 
1845, 2nd District, Appling County, Deed Book E, page 284. 

10. Ezekial P. Tuten sold to James S. West lands, date Jan. 18, 1854. Deed Book D, 
page 287. 

11. Deed Book D, page 345. Deed from William Higgs to Ezekial P. Tuten, witnesses 
by Malcolm Johnson, date May 19, 1897. 

TUTEN, WILLIAM BARTOW (6) 

William Bartow Tuten was born Nov. 28, 1861, in S.C, and died Oct. 23, 1896. 
He married Elizabeth L. Roberson July 1, 1883. Their children were: 

1. Flora b. Dec. 26, 1884, Appling Co., Georgia 

m. Walter Leon Taylor (Nick) Jan. 10, 1904; she 
died July 23, 1961. 

2. Lula b. July 24, 1887, Appling Co., Georgia 

m. James B. Dedge 

3. Willie Josephine b. April 13, 1893, Appling Co., Georgia 

m. Joseph Christopher Lee, Aug. 19, 1911 

4. Ruth Elizabeth b. Sept. 7, 1895, Appling Co., Ga. 

m. (1) Frank Weaver, Sept. 1, 1912 
(2) Al. C. Bose, New Orleans, La. 

He was the son of David Rivers Tuten and Flora Elizabeth Miles. 

In a letter from Miss. Carrie Lou Deen (deceased in 1974) of Gains ville, Florida 
dated April 5, 1965, stated the following: "Uncle Bartow Tuten (her mother Elmore 
Tuten Deen's brother) died of Typhoid fever, which he contracted while visiting his 
sister, Josephine (Tuten) Johnson (Pratt Johnson's mother) who was ill with fever. 
She died one night and he died the next night." 

"My Mother told me years ago, that the land on which we lived was her 
inheritance, part of a grant of land given by the King of England, to the O'Tootles, 
who later changed their names to Tutens. One couple of our ancestors was buried in a 
field near the house in which I was born. The graves were not marked except by two 
Myrtle bushes." 

William Bartow Tuten lived in the red Oad Community of Appling Co., Ga. near 
where the Baptist Orphans Home for Children is now located. He was a Past Master 
of the Holmesville Lodge # 195, Appling Co., Georgia, as was his father, David Rivers 
Tuten. There is a photo of Wm. Bartow Tuten in the possession of Bonnie Taylor 
Baker, his granddaughter. The present officials of the Masonic Lodge # 195 recently 
requested the loan of this picture for copying and placing in the records of the very old 
lodge. Rarely, in Masonic history has a father and son become Past Masters in the 
same lodge. 

Mrs. Wm. Bartow Miles, who resides in the southwest section of Appling Co., 
Ga. remembers Mr. Wm. Bartow Tuten very well. Her husband bears his name, and 
her parents held great respect for this man, who only lived to be 36 years of age. Mrs. 
Miles remembers Mr. Tuten as being of medium height, on the stout side, perhaps 
ruddy complexion and an out going manner. Mrs. Miles recalled a visit Mr. Tuten 
made to their home in southwest Appling Co., where she is still living in the sixties. 



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During Mr. Tutens visit and while sitting in a cane chair (old fashioned today) he told 
a story which presumably he enjoyed so much, he reared back so far, he tipped the 
chair over, and over he went breaking the leg of the chair. Mr. Tuten died in 1896 and 
to this date, in the late sixties, the mended chair has been known by the Miles family 
as the "Tuten" chair. Mrs. Miles believes that Mr. Tuten was visiting that area of 
Appling Co., because he was campaigning for an office, which Mrs. Miles could not 
remember. 

John Leonard Alexander Tuten was the only brother of Wm. Bartow Tuten and at 
the death of Mr. Tuten at 36, John was appointed administrator of his estate. His 
widow lived on the farm, which during her husband's lifetime was a place of great 
activity and self sustaining as households and farms of the era, of necessity, had to 
be. Among the necessities was a fully equipped blacksmith shop. Bonnie T. Baker 
and her mother, Mrs. Flora Tuten, visited the farm about 1958 and little was left of 
the original homeplace, except the well. 

The Tuten farm is in that part of Appling Co., where farming was the principal 
occupation because of the rich soil of the large cleared acres of land, homesteaded by 
pioneers in the Georgia land grants of the early 1800's. The land at the time of the last 
visit of Mrs. Flora Tuten was owned by the Beckworth family. 

Wm. Bartow Tuten in buried beside his wife in an iron fenced enclosed grave plot 
in the Wesley Chapel Church Cemetery about ten miles east of Alma, Georgia on 
State Route 99. The family plot is easily recognizable as there are only two iron fenced 
enclosures in the large Cemetery, the other being that of Mr. Tuten's sister and her 
child, both dying in childbirth. 

For a complete list of Wm. Bartows brothers and sisters refer to his father, David 
Rivers Tuten, the first. 

In an article dated 1903, in the Baxley, Georgia News Banner, the late Mr. Tuten 
was referred to as one of Appling County's foremost citizens at the time of his death 
in 1896. 

William Bartow Tuten's old home place is located in Appling County, Ga. near 
Highway No. 15 and the Red Oak Community Highway. The Tuten property borders 
on the south side of a dirt road which joins the two paved highways. It is located in 
District Number 1563 GM, lot Number 34. It is now (1975) owned by Mr. Charles 
Beckworth. 

The original home of William Bartow Tuten, where the Compiler's mother was 
born and reared until a few years after her father's death, was made of logs. A 
wooden structure is there now (1975) and stands where the old log house once stood. 
Mr. Beckworth, the present land owner, says the logs were sold and moved away. 
Directly in front of the original house stood a blacksmith shop, under a large Cedar 
tree. In 1964 the tree and a shed was standing. Today (1974) only a stump of the 
Cedar tree is left, shed gone and no sign of the William Bartow Tuten enterprise. 

In the Ordinarys office in Appling County the Marriage Records show that W.B. 
Tuten was a Notary Public and witnesses the marriage of his only brother John 
Leonard Alexander Tuten to C. Herndon, January 27, 1890. Marriage recorded by 
James A. Patterson. 



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REFERENCES: Mr. Charles Beckworth 1964 

REFERENCE: Miss Carrie Lou Deen was born March 18, 1885, Appling, Co., 
Georgia. She received a B.A. degree from Florida State 
University, Tallahassee, Fla., and was a Math teacher in Dallas, 
Texas, Miami, Ft. Myers and Arcadia, Florida and considered to 
be one of the best Math teachers in the State of Florida. She died 
in 1974 in Gains ville, Fla. 



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CHAPTER VII 

FAMILY CHURCHES 
AND 

FAMILY CEMETERYS 



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FAMILY CHURCHES AND FAMILY CEMETERIES 



Red Oak School - Church 

Red Oak School is one of the oldest schools in Appling Co. Ga. It became a 
Church in the fifties, it is believed. The burying ground beside the now Red Oak 
Methodist Church contains graves of the deceased of more recent years as the need 
for a Church Cemetery came only after the old school house was converted into a 
church. 

Taylor Family Cemetery 

5th District, Land Lot Number 222, Bacon County, Georgia 

The Taylor family Cemetery is located approximately 4 miles southeast of Alma 
following the Radio Station Road. It is within the sight of the New Union Baptist 
Church. 

Specifically it contains one acre of land, lying in the Northwest corner of the 5th 
District, Land Lot # 222. A deed of record is filed in the Clerk of Court's office in the 
Bacon County Court House. 

There are 27 marked graves and 16 unmarked graves in the plot. The oldest 
marked grave is that of Minnie Taylor, who was born April 20, 1877 and died August 
27, 1894. She was the daughter of J. Benjamin Taylor and his wife Sophronia Lee. It is 
believed that the plot was selected for burying ground whenever an infant son named 
Leander died August 23, 1863. He was only two years of age. It is believed that 
Leander died and was buried in an unmarked grave, while his father was away from 
Georgia serving in the War between the States. March 3, 1869 another child named 
Emonizer died and is presumed buried there in an unmarked grave. It presumably 
was used again in 1892 whenever a son of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor died on April 20, 1892. 
His name was Alex M. and his grave is unmarked. Alex Taylor married Madie 
Thompson and lived only six months after his marriage, dying of Thyphoid fever. 

There are buried there besides Taylors, the Turner's, Holton's Douglas's, 
Lynch's, Lee's, White's, Moore's, McCarthy's, and Drayer's, not all reliated to the 
James Benjamin Taylor family. 

The Cemetery is fenced in with a chain link fence. Financing of this work was done 
by the descendants of Mr. and Mrs, J. Ben Taylor who could be contacted. Mrs. Will 
Henry Coley (nee Lois Taylor) a few years before her death collected the money for 
the fence and with her husbands help saw to it that the project was completed in her 
lifetime. She deserves much credit. The cemetery can be reached but with much 
effort, but it is not abandoned. 



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Wesley Chapel Church 

John Miles gave the land for the Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church and 
Cemetery, it being a portion of his homeplace. The original church was built of logs 
cut from his land. John and Harriett Kemp Miles were members of Wesley Chapel as 
well as most of their children. 

Wesley Chapel Church Cemetery 

The cemetery adjoining the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church is one of the oldest 
burying places in Appling County, long before the area became Bacon County in 
1914. 

According to a published genealogy of John Miles who was born in 1811 and died 
in 1881 the land for the cemetery and the church was given by John Miles and it was a 
part of his farm. It was a pre Civil War burying ground. The oldest marked grave in 
the cemetery is that of a child who died in 1864. The next interrment in a marked 
grave was that of a child who lived for a short time and died in 1868. 

The great grandparents and grandparents of the Compiler are buried at Wesley 
Chapel. Though they lived in the Red Oak Community of Appling County this church 
and cemetery was nearest to their home. 

There is nowhere to be found any early church or cemetery records. According to 
the best recollections of the Compiler this was the church to whom her grandparents 
belonged and attended. William Bartow and Elizabeth Roberson Tuten are buried in 
an enclosed plot in about the center of the cemetery and not too far from where the 
original church stood during it's Civil War and before existence. An iron fence 
enclosed the Tuten Plot. A great Aunt of the Compiler Josie Johnson and daughter 
Rosalie are buried in the only other plot enclosed by an iron fence. 

As far back as can be recalled, without research into church history, the church 
has belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church South. In recent years the church 
membership was transferred to the Alma Charge. Most of the membership did not 
acknowledge this transfer and began an effort to organize their own independant 
church which it is today a Wesley Chapel Methodist Church. 

More specifically it is located in the fifth Land District of Bacon County Georgia, 
Lot # 49. 

Camp Ground Church and Cemetery 

Camp Ground Church is one of the oldest churches in Southeast Georgia. It's 
history predates 1800. Bishop Francis Asbury, an itinerant Methodist preacher came 
on horseback to a brush arbor church and held a Camp Meeting around 1800 before 
he travelled on to Virginia where he died in 1816. 

This area of northwest Bacon County has always been known as the Taylortown 
District. Deeds on record refer to present day Camp Ground Church as the Taylor- 
town Church. 

Records show that William Taylor and his family were the only Taylors in the first 
Census of Appling County taken in 1820. From this family and his brothers who 
settled the area later, it is believed the area derived its name. To them also credit 



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goes as being the forefathers of the thousands of their descendants who bear the 
Taylor name, and countless numbers of them are still living in the area. These are the 
Compilers lineage also. 

The oldest marked grave in the cemetery is that of Wilson Tanner. Before his 
death old timers say that the cemetery was the burying place for countless old pioneer 
settlers whose graves were not marked and are now no longer identifiable. 

The church was organized under a brush arbor as a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church South and can lay claim today as having had continous religious 
services of one denomination since its beginning over one hundred and seventy-five 
years ago. 

PINE GROVE CHURCH AND CEMETERY 

Pine Grove is a pre-civil war Methodist Episcopal Church and just when it was 
organized as a part of this denomination there is no record. It is the church where the 
Compiler's ancestors worshipped. People came on Sundays in wagons and buggies to 
spend the day in worshipping, singing, shouting and "dinner on the ground 5 ', as it 
was one of the few churches in this area of old Appling County. 

This was the home church of the Lee's, and Taylor's whose inter-marriages were 
frequent, one of whom was the Grandfather Taylor and Sophronia Lee marriage. Of 
great and personal interest to the Compiler, in researching old minutes of the church, 
J. Benjamin Taylor appeared in the late 1800 minutes as Lay Leader, Sunday School 
Superintendant and Delegate to Annual and Quarterly Conferences. 

In the early history, Pine Grove was known as "Briar Patch", the origin of the 
name is not known other that an obvious assumption. 

In its early history, Pine Grove was a part of the Methodist Movement in Ame- 
rica, that of the John Wesley and Bishop Asbury belief. But, in 1881 the Church was 
dismissed from this denomination and Conference for lack of church and pastoral 
support. Shortly thereafter they joined the Pine Valley District of the New 
Congregational Methodist Church and remains that until today. 

In the Cemetery are buried the great grand parents of the Compiler, James and 
Cinderella Sellers Lee, along with countless uncles, aunts and cousins. The oldest 
marked grave is that of James Lee, who died in 1852. It is believed however that the 
cemetery and church existed long before that time, and many are buried in unmarked 
graves. The church building was also used as a school house, one of the teachers 
being the Compiler's mother, Mrs. Flora Taylor. There are some of her students 
living today who remember her as a dedicated teacher and strict disciplinarian. 



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CHAPTER VIU 



BIOGRAPHIES 
of 

WALTER LEON [NICK] TAYLOR 

and his wife 
FLORA TUTEN 

and their 
TEN CHILDREN 

Carlos Drleu (D. Mar. 11, 1968) 

Walter Ewing (D. July 14, 1979) 

Bonnie Elizabeth 

Thomas Theron 

Flora Wilma (D. Nov. 2, 1972) 

Chloe Eileen 

Grace (D. Mar. 23, 1977) 

Hazel Pauline 

Edward Harold 

Helen Ruth 



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TAYLOR, WALTER LEON [NICK] (2) 



Walter Leon Taylor was better known for the greater portion of his life as "Nick". 
He was born February 14, 1875 in Appling County, Georgia, the son of James 
Benjamin Taylor and Sophronia Lee. 

He married at the age of 29, on January 10, 1904, Miss Flora Tuten, a school 
teacher in the Possom Trot Community where he was born and reared. The area is 
that surrounding the present day New Union Baptist Church, located about four miles 
south east of Alma on the Radio Station Road. The old home place and family burying 
ground is within a half mile of the church. 

The log home was torn down by the present day (1978) owners but the well is still 
there. For a log construction the old home place was very large. There was a center 
hallway with rooms on each side, a kitchen and dining room on the back of the house. 
A porch ran across the width of the front of the structure. The family Cemetery is 
within a short walking distance of the old home place, it has been recently fenced in, 
paid for by the descendants of their grandfather Mr. J. Benjamin Taylor. It has 
always been kept in fairly good condition by the same descendants. 

In Mr. Nick's early adult life and after his marriage he worked at "public work", 
to distinguish the occupation from farming. He was one of the first settlers of the 
small village of Alma. He and his brother worked in the Deen and McLaughlin 
turpentine still operation, the industry wherein the village of Alma had it's origin. His 
brother Bartow managed the Commissary and Mr. Nick was a woodsman. His job was 
the accountability of a very large crew of woods workers who labored at boxing pine 
trees for their sap or resin, and then dipping the resin for later distilling. 

He lived just across the street from the still in a very large house which later 
became known as the 6 'Tom Lee" house. Mr. Nick's first two children were born in 
this house. 

Around 1906, he contracted to build a large house on Dixon Street as the village 
was gradually growing west of the early village. He lived there until the health of his 
wife forced them to move away from the very busy and dusty Dixon Street. The house 
on Dixon Street later became known as the "Abe Minchew" house and is presently 
owned by the Denmark family. In recent years and as the house was being restored by 
the Denmarks several letters, newspaper and other items were discovered by the 
builders behind the mantle addressed to Mr. Taylor and dated around 1906 and 1907. 

Around this period of time Mr. Taylor was in business with his brother Bartow as 
The Taylor and Taylor Company, engaged in buying and selling cross ties to the large 
railroad interests, satisfying the need for the companies to build the road beds in the 
south. 

In 1909 Mr. Taylor sold his interests on Dixon Street, purchased a fifty acre farm 
on the southeast rim of Alma, moved his family there and from then on restricted his 
occupation to farming. Except for a period of about two years in the middle thirties 
Mr. Taylor lived on this farm until he died August 21, 1941. Today this land is within 
the City limits of Alma and except for about two acres which is owned by his daughter 
Bonnie, it is owned and cultivated by his son Harold. During the two years away from 
Alma Mr. and Mrs. Taylor resided in Washington D.C. with several of their adult 
children who were employed in various positions in the Federal Government. 



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Mr. Taylor was very active in the growth of Alma in it's early years. Alma 
received it's first incorporation in 1904. Mr. Taylor was a petitioner or as is known by 
some a charter member of this first incorporation of the village of Alma to the Town of 
Alma. 

Mr. Taylor was a Charter member of the first Methodist Episcopal Church in 
Alma. He and his wife and their ten children were at someone time or another mem- 
bers of this church and some of them are today active members. All ten of the children 
born to this union were christened in the church in infancy. He was a Steward in the 
church and he could always be found in the section set aside for men at the front of the 
church. He was a Christian family man, a praying and Bible reading father to his 
children, and throughout the years his family gathered around their parents after 
their supper ended and studies were over, to read the Bible and pray together before 
they retired for the night. He remained a member of the Methodist Church until his 
death. 

Along with other pioneer farmers of now Bacon County, Mr. Taylor endorsed and 
supported new farming experiments, he being one of the first to sign up supporting 
the growing of tobacco in this area, which is now the best money crop for Bacon 
County farmers. 

Attesting to the existence of the Cross Tie business of Taylor and Taylor is the 
following notice taken from The Baxley News Banner dated February 1, 1907: 

NOTICE 

Georgia-Appling County 

The public is hereby notified that I lost on or about January 15, 1907, one certain 
note drawn by Levi E. and S.M. Taylor, endorsed by A.B. Purdom and made payable 
to Taylor and Taylor, for the principal sum of $301.47. Said note dated December 15, 
1906. 

The public will please put themselves on notice not to accept said note. Finder 
will please return same to the undersigned. 

W.L. Taylor 
Alma, Georgia 

Mr. Taylor and his wife Flora were the parents of Carlos Drieu, Walter Ewing, 
Bonnie Elizabeth, Thomas Theron, Flora Wilma, Chloe Eileen, Grace, Hazel, 
Pauline, Edward Harold and Helen Ruth. Their biographies appear in this 
publication. 

(1979) Mr. Taylor is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Alma, Georgia in the family 
plot. He died August 21, 1941. Three of his children are deceased: Wilma, Drieu and 
Grace. Helen resides in Ormond Beach, Florida as does Eileen. Hazel resides in 
Alexandria, Virginia. Theron near Florence S.C. at Claussen and Bonnie, Harold and 
Ewing reside in Alma, Georgia. 

(1980) Ewing died July 14, 1979. 

TUTEN, MRS. FLORA [TAYLOR] (3) 

In reflection, Mrs. Flora Taylor was an incredible mother, school teacher, wife, 
church worker, school mother, gardner, and her husband's business partner. And, 



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had she lived in any era, other than her own, she had the potential for qualifying in 
other categories. She had children who worked in Washington, so she learned about 
their skills and their city. She was political and a Democrat, so she voted Democrat 
and knew her candidates qualifications. She kept abreast of her State and her 
County's activities and participated in their activities so long as time permitted. She 
was always a subscriber of the Atlanta Journal and was articulate on world events, 
long before electricity came to Bacon County and eventually radio. She loved books 
and papers and she read a lot. She loved music and singing because she played the 
piano well and before piano came into her home she handled the old foot pedaled 
organ, sometimes with the help of a child, I know for I was of times that child. 

She came from sturdy pioneer stock and inherited their solid virtues. She exper- 
ienced the harsh struggles of the depression years on a South Georgia farm, but her 
pantry was always filled with a sufficiency of canned foods (glass jar variety) to feed 
her family from one garden season to another. She raised chickens, ducks, guineas 
and geese for meat while her husband raised cows, hogs, sheep and goats for 
diversity. There were cows to be milked, butter to be churned, chickens for eggs and 
always there was enough to divide with the less fortunate. 

She was more educated than the average of her contemporaries. She was a school 
teacher who believed in teaching the basic three "RV, and she was a strict 
disciplinarian, who believed that "to spare the rod was to spoil the child" and she 
practiced her belief in her home and in the school room. She inspired her children to 
speak, write, talk, work and act at their best at all times. She was an absolute 
optimist, she knew that "the Lord would provide." 

She was issued a license to teach in July of 1927, by The Georgia Board of 
Education after having presented satisfactory evidence of good moral character, and 
duly examined (a general average 95%) in Reading, Writing, Geography, Spelling, 
Arithmetic, Grammer, U.S. History and Civics, Physiology, Agriculture and Methods 
of Teaching, sufficient to enable her to teach the subjects in the Public Schools of 
Georgia. She was qualified and the school system needed her skills, so she hired a live 
in housekeeper to care for her family, while she taught and lived in the homes of her 
students from Monday through Friday. Many of her teaching assignments have been 
forgotten but some were Pine Grove School, Possum Trot, Wolf Pit, and the Stewart 
School. 

Her first child was born in 1904 and her last child in 1922, long before planned 
parenthood was ever heard of. In that eighteen year period, of the pioneer South 
Georgia mother, having a baby was no less of a concern than any other activity in her 
daily life. She was consumed with the cares of the day and many times only her doctor 
and her husband knew that the new one was on the way. Everybody had children, 
child bearing was a natural, one had as many children as God gave you. 

In 1936 she moved with her husband, her son Harold and daughter Helen to 
Washington, D.C. to live with her other daughters Bonnie, Wilma, Grace and Hazel. 
She tried employment in a clothing store near her home as she had experience from 
having worked in Cohen's of Alma. In Washington she lived near her work and in less 
than ten blocks of the U.S. Capital on H. Street S.E. In less than two years, she and 
her husband and son Harold returned to their home place in Alma, having left it in the 
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This was the 1930 depression years, her husband was ill and her life needed a 
deeper spiritual replenishment, so she left the Methodist Church of her rearing and 
joined the Church of God movement which was sweeping the south at that time. She 
remained a dedicated and honored member of that church until her death. 

In 1952, she moved, reluctantly at first, from her old home place down Flora Lane 
to a new brick home, with all modern conveniences, built by her daughter Bonnie on a 
two acre plot of the original fifty acres, then owned by her daughter Bonnie, but which 
Bonnie eventually sold to her brother Harold at such time as he was able to make the 
transaction. She loved her new home and lived comfortably and happy for the rest of 
her life. In Alma lived her son Ewing and his family, Drieu, and her daughter Wilma, 
who with her church activities sustained her and she remained active tho limited until 
her death after an illness of only a day, July 23, 1960. She is buried in the family plot 
in Rose Hill Cemetery in Alma. 

This biography reveals the generalities of her life, the details would fill a book. 
She clipped news items and obituaries, weddings and engagements from her 
hometown paper, The Baxley Banner and the Alma Times, enough to provide a 
foundation for the genealogy section of the Historical Society when it was founded by 
her daughter Bonnie in 1974. Her keepsakes are stored in trunks in her home at 201 
Flora Lane, a street honoring her life, whenever the old farm home land was 
incorporated as an annex to the City of Alma. The antique coffee mill and the corn 
shuck scrubber, the underwear which her grandfather was wearing when he was shot 
to death on his way to court, are among her keepsakes. These and other family keep- 
sakes drew attention and interest when they were displayed in the Bicentennial 
Exhibition sponsored by the Historical Society in 1976. 

She was close to her sisters Josie and Ruth. Sister Lula died, very young, after 
her marriage and at the birth of her first child, and is buried at Wesley Chapel 
Cemetery in a marked grave. 

She was the inspiration of this publication and to my parents is its entirety 
dedicated. In 1957 she painstakingly brought together the beginnings of what has 
now resulted in the Taylor-Tuten family tree. Bringing out of her memory the stories 
and family connections which make up this publication was a painful and emotional 
experience for both the Compiler and herself. I believe that she would be as proud 
today of the results as I am proud to be a child of her and her husband, my mother and 
father. 



TAYLOR, CARLOS DRIEU 

Drieu was the first born son of Walter Leon (Nick) Taylor and Flora Tuten Taylor 
on December 16, 1904, in Alma, Georgia. 

He attended school in the public schools of Alma and at the age of 16 enlisted in 
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service he was stationed at Fort Bennings Georgia. While there he met and married 
Eva Netherlands, the daughter of Edward and Bessie Netherlands on May , 1928. Mr. 
Netherlands was associated with the textile industry in Columbus. Eva was an only 
child and was born about 1909 in Rock Hill, S.C. 

After Drieu completed his military enlistment he and Eva moved to Washington, 
D.C. where Drieu was employed in the Ho sing Department of the U.S. Government. 
He and Eva were later divorced and Eva returned to live with her parents in 
Columbus, Ga. 

In the early forties Drieu married Maudine Thornton of Alma. To them was born 
Carlos Leon Taylor on July 22, 1942 in Washington D.C, Sibley Hospital. Maudine 
was born in 1922 and died in Jacksonville, Florida in February 1973. 

After suffering a stroke at his home in Washington, D.C. Drieu moved to Alma to 
live with his mother in the family home. He died March 11, 1968, eight years 
following the death of his mother, and is interred in the family plot in Rosehill 
Cemetery, in Alma. 

His son Carlos Leon, enlisted in the U.S. Army and in 1968 was stationed in 
Vietnam, 1st Division. 

He married Claire Louise West Saturday April 25, 1965, in The Wesley 
Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. 
West, Treasurer of the District of Columbia. Later they were divorced. No children 
were born of this marriage. On April 5, 1968 Leon married Linda Sue Scott of Alma, 
Georgia. To them were born one daughter. 

Leon is employed in the field of law enforcement and is living in Alabama near to 
the home of a half sister and brother, children of his mother's marriage to a Mr. 
Hobb. (1979) 

TAYLOR, WALTER EWING 

Walter Ewing Taylor, Sr. is the second child born to Mr. Walter Leon (Nick) 
Taylor and Mrs. Flora Tuten, and delivered by Dr. E.C. Perkins on October 9, 1906, in 
Alma Georgia, Bacon County. He was christened as an infant in The Alma Methodist 
Episcopal Church South. 

He married Ethel Carter Teston Music, July 20th 1934. To them were born: 
Bonnie Faye; Walter Ewing, Jr.; Willard Lawton; Flora Jane and Roy Earnest. Roy 
Earnest did not survive birth. Their eldest daughter Bonnie Faye was born October 
31, 1935 in Alma. She entered first grade in the Bacon County public schools and 
graduated with honors from the same school in June 1953. She was awarded a 
scholarship in nursing at The University of Georgia Nursing School in Augusta, 
Georgia. While there she met and later married Donald Leon Etherton. They were 
married in the Alma Church of God on June IS, 1954, by the Rev. H.M. Duck. Don is 
the son of James Monroe Etherton and Anna Mae Keith of Winslow Indiana. Don and 
Bonnie Faye have two sons (1) Mark Taylor, born April 19, 1964 in Washington, D.C. 
and David Keith born February 7, 1972 in Bethesda, Maryland. 

Don is employed presently (1979) as Purchasing Agent for the Evans 
Enterprises Bethesda, Maryland and prior to this he was manager of one of their 
large retail outlets in the same area. Don was in the service of his country in the 



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Vietnam conflict. Bonnie Faye is a Senior Accountant in the International Monetary 
Fund Agency in Washington, D.C. They reside at 5612 Madison Street, Bethesda, 
Maryland. 

Walter Ewing, Jr. (W.E.) was born March 8, 1939 in Alma, Georgia. He attended 
first grade and graduated from the Bacon County High School. He joined the U.S. 
Navy after graduation but did not make it a career. Later in life he found employment 
in Washington, D.C. with the Capital Transit Company where he met and married 
Sandra Shenifelt on October 20, 1961. Sandra was originally from Pennasylvania. 
They are the parents of three children: (1) Walter Ewing III born in Washington, D.C. 
August 25, 1962. (2) Sheryl Lynn born in Washington D.C. December 26, 1963. (3) 
Kathy born in Alma, Georgia January 25, 1966. Kathy was killed while pushing her 
bicycle across a street near her home on April 9, 1971. She is buried in Rose Hill 
Cemetery in Alma. The family reside on 4th Street extension about four miles 
northwest of Alma. W.E. Jr. is a building contractor and owner of Design Kitchens, 
Inc. in Alma. 

Willard Lawton (W.L. II) was born in Alma October 4th, 1942. He entered the 
first grade and graduated from the Bacon County Public School in Alma. He saw 
service for his country in the Vietnam conflict. He returned to Alma and with his father 
operated The Taylor Motel. Later he was employed by The Coast Line Railroad where 
his is today in the Personnel Division. On March 18, 1969 he married Patsy Elaine 
Douglas daughter of Raymond Elwood and Ineva Douglas. To them were born: (1) 
Willard Lawton, Jr. on February 14, 1970; (2) John Edward, born November 3, 1973 
in the Waycross Hospital; (3) Jimmy Kevin, born August 21, 1976. 

Rodney Clint Murray was adopted by Lawton after his marriage to Patsy and his 
name legally changed to that of his adopted father. He was Patsy's son by a previous 
marriage. The family reside on Mahon Street in Waycross and both Patsy and Lawton 
are employed with the railroad. 

Flora Jane was born in Alma, Georgia July 11, 1949. She began her education in 
the first grade of school in the Public Schools of Bacon County, Georgia in Alma and 
graduated from the same school. She excelled in sports and at one time was a Georgia 
State Champion basketball player, this was in 1965. She graduated from High School 
June 5th, 1967. The Savannah Morning News in an article dated in December 1966 
said the following: "Senior Jane, fast and strong, can do all things on the basketball 
floor with a remarkable degree of effectiveness. Jane is usually the quietest girl on 
the bus going to and from games but she speaks loud once the game gets underway." 
"She is a fierce rebounder and a brilliant floor player." 

Until she married June 13, 1970 Jane helped her parents operate The Taylor 
Motel on US # 1 Highway, on the south side of the Alma City limits. Her husband 
Gordon Langhorn Davis was born in Farmville, Virginia November 14, 1942, the son 
of Gordon L. Davis Sr. and Edna McFadden. Jane and Gordon are the parents of two 
girls Kimberly Ann born September 22, 1972 in Farmville, Virginia, and Lori born in 
Farmville. Gordon and Jane reside near Farmville. They own and operate a large 
feed, seed and hardware store in Farmville. 

Ewing and Ethel for over twenty years operated their own Motel which for many 
years was known as The Rozier Motel. Recently the name has been changed to Taylor 
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At the age of eleven Ewing was afflicted with polio, a disease which a cure or a 
prevention was unknown at that time, and little medical research had been done on 
either. This was the same period of time that Franklin Delano Roosevelt contracted 
the disease. Soon after the paralyzing effect the polio left on his body, Ewing was sent 
to the Masonic Hospital for Crippled Children in Atlanta. His Grandfather Tuten as 
well as his Great Grandfather Tuten during their life time has both been Past Master 
of The Masonic Lodge in Appling County, which made Ewing eligible for admission to 
this very fine and overcrowded institution in Atlanta. By practices the Hospital's 
methods ro revitalize paralized limbs was by no means that used today in the 
treatment of polio victims, nonetheless the theraphy used then, restored the use of his 
legs from a paralized sitting position to an erect one. After more than a year in Atlanta 
he returned home to try to learn to walk again with the aid of braces, walking cane or 
crutches. Finally he restored to crutches to eliminate the severe pain caused by trying 
other means of walking. From that day until the present time his crutches are never 
far from his side when not in use. Despite the handicap he has managed to live a very 
normal life. Shortly after he became of age he operated a bus service to towns nearby 
Alma, replacing the Livery Stable service in existence before the days of automobiles. 
Later he purchased the Rozier Motel (now Taylor Motel) and in the family living 
quarters raised his family. He owns and operates the Motel today (1979) alone, as his 
wife Ethel passed away December 7, 1972, and is buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Alma, 
Georgia. Ewing died July 14, 1979. 

TAYLOR, BONNIE ELIZABETH [BAKER] (1) 

The first daughter and the third child born to Walter Leon and Flora Tuten Taylor 
is the Compiler of this publication. I was born January 6, 1909 on Dixon Street, in 
Alma Georgia in a house my father built around 1906. It was for many years known as 
the Minchew House but presently it is owned by Denmarks. I was named Bonnie after 
a school mate of my mothers, Bonnie Woodward. Elizabeth was from my 
Grandmother Elizabeth Roberson Tuten. 

Within a year after my birth the family moved to the fifty-two acre farm land 
which is now in the southease city limits of Alma. Specifically it is located on Flora 
Lane, the street being named for my mother after the land became a part of the incor- 
porated city of Alma and postal service given to all residences on Flora Lane. This is 
where my father and mother reared all ten of their children and lived there until their 
deaths. 

I attended the first grade and graduated from the old Alma High School at the 
age of 16, the youngest in my class. During the summer months I attended teacher 
training courses at South Georgia College in Douglas. I was soon licensed to teach and 
taught my first year at the Hurricane School in Pierce County. Then two years at the 
Cody School in Bacon County, after that one year at the Union Junior High School in 
Bacon County. 

In 1929 and 1930 I attended College at Young Harris College in North Georgia. 
While there I passed an examination for admittance to a position in the federal 
government in Washington, D.C. I left Alma and went to work for the Department of 
Commerce June 20, 1930. For the next twenty- five years I worked in the following 
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Exchange Commission, The Civil Service Commission and The Lend Lease Adminis- 
tration. At one period I served as System's Analyst in The Dept. of Labor and the CIA. 
My last position from which I retired in 1956 was that of Licensing Officer in the Dept. 
of International Trade. During this period I resided first in Washington D.C., 
Alexandria, Va. and during World War II, in Philadelphia, Pa. 

Other events, than working, took place in my life during the aforementioned 
twenty- five years. I was married on October 26, 1940 to Fred Aaron Baker, and was 
divorced in 1947. I became a Charter member of the Washington, D.C. Pilot Club and 
later on a Charter member of the Alexandria, Va. Club, a professional Womans Club 
with a large membership in the Washington D.C. area. Also, during this same period 
all the members of my immediate family moved to Washington including my father 
and mother who moved there to live with me in 1936. My parents remained there only 
two years and at different times some of the other members moved elsewhere. 

After retiring from the Federal Government in 1956 I returned to Alma and for 
three years, I worked as a part time Assistant to the Director of the Housing Authority 
for the City of Alma. The result of this effort gave Alma its first forty units of low 
income housing. It was during these years living with my mother in Alma that my 
interest in genealogy and history began. Fortunately before my mothers death in 1960 
I recorded much of the Tuten lineage which she could recall or had recorded. Without 
this material I could not have compiled this publication which I have at last succeded 
in putting together. 

In 1960, after my mothers death I returned to my home in Alexandria, Va. which I 
had rented while working in Alma and remained there until 1970, when I moved to 
Florida. During the years prior to my move to Florida I was free to do all the things I 
wanted to do, travelling at one time to almost all the States, seeing and visiting all the 
major sights along the way. During this period I also did volunteer work in several 
Charity organizations, kept in close contact with my family and friends and was very 
active in church and club activities. 

In 1974 1 moved from Florida to Alma to establish the Historical Society of Alma- 
Bacon County, with funds from the estate of my sister Wilma Taylor who had passed 
away in 1972. This was seed money for the growth of the Society until a year later 
Council-man Frank Byrd succeeded in getting the Society subsidized by funds from 
the City and County jointly. These funds were used to hire a part time secretary, buy 
supplies and established the Society as a permanent agency of the local government 
in its work of collecting historical and genealogical material for preservation in one 
central location. The collection in now a part of the Bacon County Public Library and 
open for public use five days each week. In 1976, 1 travelled through eight countries in 
Europe, and wrote a book of my experiences. 

I am still Director of the Historical Society and am in possession of all the 
material not located in the Library. The Society is still active but as of this writing it 
has been put on the back burners until this publication has been printed and released. 

I am active in the John Floyd DAR and the Huxford Genealogical Society. I live in 
my own home in Alma and visit frequently in Ormond Beach Florida where members 
of my family have retired. 



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TAYLOR, THOMAS THERON 



Theron in the fourth child born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Leon (Nick Taylor (Flora 
Tuten) and delivered by Dr. E.C. Perkins at home November 30, 1910. As an infant he 
was christened at the Alma Methodist Church and at a later age he became a member 
of the same church. He was educated in the Alma Public Schools and after his 
schooling he moved to Washington D.C. to reside with his older sister Bonnie who 
was employed in the Federal Government. 

Theron met and later married on June 10, 1933 Louise Coleman, a secretary in 
the office of Congressman Gasque from the Florence S.C. area. Theron was employed 
by the Washington Post. A few years after their marriage, they, with Louise's parents 
purchased a large plantation at Claussen S.C. where they raised a family of two sons 
and are today residing. 

Louise is the daughter of Woodrow Charles Coleman born August 12, 1886 in 
Hannah S.C. and Alice Caroline Turner born December 26, 1886 in Hyman, S.C. 

To Theron and Louise were born two sons: (1) Thomas Coleman January 28, 1939 
in Florence. Coleman married April 26, 1959 to Amy Marie Kale. They have no 

children. Amy is the daughter of Robert E. Kale and Lottie HatchelL 

(2) Charles Theron (Tim) was born November 16, 1943 in Florence. Tim married 
Nettie Lee Cockfield February 20, 1965. Nettie is the daughter of J.W. Cockfield and 
Mary Louise Stokes. 

To "Tim" and Nettie were born Jody Melissa, June 25, 1968 at McLeod 
Hospital, Florence S.C. (2) Bradley Scott born February 9, 1970 at the Air Force 
Hospital in Altus, Oklahoma. 

"Tim" and Coleman are both graduates of the Florence S.C. High School. 
"Tim" is a graduate of the University of S.C. and is an officer and cargo plane Pilot in 
the United States Air Force. Today (1979) "Tim" and his family reside in California. 

Coleman is a graduate of an Atlanta Georgia Electronics School. After graduation 
he worked for a time with the Sperry Corporation in Gainsville, Florida. Today he 
holds a very responsible position with the Bell Telephone System of Florence. He and 
Amy reside in their home on property adjoining their parents plantation. 

The parents of Louise were long time members and leaders in one of South 
Carolina's old historic churches, Hopewell Presbyterian, established in 1770 and 
located near their home place on Rt. 3, Florene. 

Mr. Coleman and Theron were Ruling Elders of this church and the entire family 
are members and attend church there regularly. 

Mr. and Mrs. Coleman are buried in the family plot nearby the church. 

Theron and Louise have retired and live in their plantation home which was 
erected as a stage coach Inn about 1830. It has been beautifully restored. 

TAYLOR, FLORA WILMA 

Wilma the fifth child of Walter Leon and Flora Tuten Taylor was born at home 
May 15, 1913 with Dr. E.C. Perkins the attending Physician. She, as was the case of 
the ten children of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, grew up on the fifty-two acre farm in the city 
limits of Alma. The property is presently owned by one of the ten children, Harold 
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Wilma entered the first grade and graduated from the Alma High School, as it 
was known then. Shortly after graduation she left Alma to live with her older sister 
Bonnie in Washington D.C. and seek employment. For the next several years she was 
employed by the Dept's of Commerce and Interior. 

In 1941 she resigned her position with the federal government and returned to 
Alma to help her mother care for her ill father. After his death in 1942 she remained in 
Alma and Bacon County. She was at one time Secretary at the Veterans office and at 
the Farm Bureau. She was always interested in her church and her community during 
these years and in some capacity was very active in local, state, district and national 
policical campaigns. This work eventually led to an appointment in 1955 as an Ass't to 
Congresswoman Irish Blitch in her Washington office. Later she returned to Alma as 
local representative for Congresswoman Blitch and remained in that capacity until 
Mrs. Blitch's defeat in 1962. 

At this time the City of Alma was making application for a share of federal funds 
being dispersed to qualified projects. This meant employment for Bacon Countains, 
Wilma being civic minded and highly qualified to assist Alma, devoted more than a 
year of her time on a volunteer basis as a Committee member, and, in most cases 
Secretary to Committee's working toward the goal of a better Alma and Bacon 
County, economically. She could be depended upon to represent her community in 
any capacity where she was called upon. Her Washington D.C. background 
experience contributed in many cases to the expediting of applications and cutting red 
tape imposed upon local officials requesting funds for local projects, federally 
financed. 

She was rewarded during these years not only by a sense of civic responsiblity, 
but awards in recognition of the interest she manifested, the unselfish service 
rendered and the achievement accomplished as a dedicated citizen of Alma and Bacon 
County. Posthumously, the city, in a tribuite to her family honored her for her devoted 
service to her home town and County. 

She did not neglect her patriotic duties to the returning veterans of World War II, 
one of which was her brother Harold. She was at various times President of the Ladies 
Auxiliary's of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

In the forties Wilma resigned her membership in the Methodist Church and 
followed her mother into the membership of the Alma Church of God where she 
remained an active member until her death. She served in any way her church needed 
her, she was pianist when she was needed, and until her death she assisted the 
pianist playing the Xyllaphone, an intricate instrument, in all services of the church. 
She did not read musical notes and played for memory almost any music after hearing 
it played once, excluding classical or operatic selections. 

Wilma never married, but was never without suitors or admirers, particularly in 
her younger days of living in the nations capital. She was loved by everyone, had 
many friends and was an attractive and popular young lady. Her remaining single was 
a personal choice, presumably her need for a family was satisfied by an unusual 
closeness and devotion to her parents and the families of her brothers and sisters. She 
was rarely alone and always busy, people in need reached out to her and her response 
endeared them to her. 

She died of Cancer November 2, 1972, which disease, after detection took her life 
in less than three months. A local Alma newspaper, in an editorial, had this to say 



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about Wilma: "HER LOSS WELL BE FELT" "This community has lost one of its 
native and best known citizens. Miss Wilma Taylor, the daughter of a pioneer Bacon 
County family, active in church work, and in the affairs of the community. Her name 
is contributed to a long list of responsible citizens who, during an active lifetime, 
devoted both time and talent to the various causes they espoused. Miss Taylor was a 
familiar figure in the Alma Church of God for many years, and for a long time she had 
been a dedicated worker on communtiy development projects. Her earthly tasks have 
been productive, and will be remembered. We join in extending condolences to her 
family, her church, and to the many people who shared fellowship with her." 

Posthumously, she has been honored by many memorials. Using funds from 
Wilma's estate, the Historical Society of Alma-Bacon County was founded and 
provided with furniture and equipment to get it on its way before the Society became 
a vital part of the local city-county government, as a joint subsidized community 
project. A substantial memorial fund was contributed by her friends and relatives to 
the Alma Church of God; a window in the new Alma Methodist Church was purchased 
by her sister Bonnie and dedicated as a memorial to her. 

Her earthly tasks have been productive; her untimely death on November 1972 
began a reward she earned, she is buried in the family plot in the Rose Hill Cemetery 
in Alma, the town where it all began. 

CHLOE EILEEN TAYLOR (Oliver, Hoffman) 

Chloe Eileen Taylor born November 5, 1914, daughter of Walter Leon Taylor 
(Nick) and Flora Tuten. Delivered by Dr. E.C. Perkins and christened at the 
Methodist Episcopal Church, Alma, Georgia. Educated at the Alma High School. 

On January 6, 1933, Eileen married Curtis Monroe Oliver in Barnes ville, Lamar 
County, Georgia. Curtis was the son of Charles Gideon Oliver and Eldora Vesti 
Mitchell. 

Curtis Oliver was injured accidentally while working in a steel plant at Renton, 
Washington on August 30, 1962. He died from the injuries at St. Cabrina Hospital. 

Curtis and Eileen were the parents of Flora Ann, born May 28, 1935 in Alma, 
Georgia and Charles Walter, born January 15, 1937 in Barnesville, Lamar County, 
Georgia. 

Flora Anne Oliver, attended school in Alexandria, Virginia and married Donald 
Burke Penn of Alexandria, Va. in August 1954. He was the son of Donald Burke Penn 
and Josephine Purvis of Alexandria, Va. 

To Donald and Anne were born five children: Gary Donald, born April 26, 1955; 
Donna Kathryn, born Feb. 7, 1958; Carolyn Elizabeth, born March 13, 1959; Susan 
Lorraine, born April 25, 1960 and Terry Lee, born May 9, 1962. All five children were 
born in Alexandria, Va. 

Donna Kathryn married Timothy Orville Misamore November 5, 1975 in Daytona 
Beach, Volusia County, Florida. They are the parents of one son Timothy Ryan, born 
March 5, 1977 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Today, (1979) they reside in Daytona 
Beach, Fla. 

Carolyn Elizabeth Penn married Michael Steven Gaither April 9, 1976 at the 
home of her grandmother, Chloe Eileen Oliver Hoffman, 91 Riverview Drive, 
Ormond Beach, Florida. Twins, a boy, Michael Joseph, weighing 6 pounds, 14 



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ounces, born at 4:28 A.M., November 12, 1976, a girl Jennifer Anne, Weighing 7 
pounds, 13 ounces born at 4:29 A.M. at Halifax Hospital, Daytona Beach, Florida 
were born to Carolyn and Michael. Michael is the son of Jim Gaither and Barbara, 
maiden name unknown. 

Gary Donald married Carol Brown, November 6, 1976 in Daytona Beach, Florida. 
As of 1979, they have no children. 

Anne and Donald Penn were divorced and Anne later married Jerry Hixson on 
January 10, 1972 in Sarasota, Florida. 

Eileen moved from Barnesville, Georgia to Washington D.C. December 17, 1938 
with her children and was employed for a short time with a pharmacy. On October 8, 
1943 she was employed by The Coast and Geodetic Survey of The Dept. of Commerce 
in Washington, D.C; until she retired February 1962. After her divorce from Curtis 
Oliver she married Alexander Joseph Hoffman November 5, 1949 at the Westminister 
Presbyterian Church, Alexandria, Va. by The Rev. Cliff Johnson. 

Alex is the son of Joseph John Hoffman and Viola Seiber. His father was born in 
1883 and died in 1935 in Metuchen, New Jersey. Alex's mother was born in Austria 
Hungary in 1885 and died in Metuchen, New Jersey September 24, 1970. 

Today (1979) Alex and Eileen are both retired from the Coast and Geodetic 
Survey Agency and are residing at 91 Riverview Dr., Ormond Beach, Florida. 

Alex was born September 27, 1916 in Metuchen, New Jersey. He was christened 
at St. Francis Catholic Church in the same city. He attended Cooper Union School of 
Art in New York City. He was employed by the Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1941, as 
a Junior Engineering Draftsman but his work there was interrupted by military service 
in World War II from June 1944 to March 1946. He returned to his work at the Coast 
and Geodetic Survey after service to his country and from there he retired December 
31, 1971, as Supervisor of his Section. Besides being grandfather to his step children 
of Eileen's first marriage, Alex with Eileen have enjoyed bowling, swimming and 
gardening as their recreational activities. 

Charles Walter Oliver was educated in the Alexandria public schools and 
graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in Alexandria, Virginia in June 1956. 
Charles married Thelma Jean Ragen April 25, 1958 at St. Louis Catholic Church, in 
Alexandria, Virginia by Father Eugene P. Walsh. Jean was born January 25, 1941 in 
Alexandria, the daughter of Timothy Joseph Ragen and Irene Alice Bennett. Jean 
was christened at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Alexandria September 14, 1941. 

To Charles and Jean were born: (1) John Charles November 24, 1959; (2) Pamela 
Jean August 7, 1961 and (3) Robert Joseph March 5, 1969. John and Robbie were 
born in Alexandria and Pamela was born in Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, 
California while her father was on a temporary assignment for the RCA Corporation. 
Charles and family reside in Alexandria and he is employed at RCA in the same city. 
Their son John graduated from Edison High School, Alexandria June 1978 and is 
attending Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. John excells in 
track and basketball. Pamela and Robbie are attending public schools in Alexandria. 
Pamela graduating in June 8, 1979. 

TAYLOR, GRACE (Long) 

Grace, the seventh child of Walter Leon (Nick) and Flora Tuten Taylor was born 



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May 15, 1916 in Alma and was delivered by the family physician Dr. E.G. Perkins. 
She entered the first grade and graduated from the Alma Public Schools. Shortly after 
graduation she moved to Washington D.C. to live with her older sister Bonnie and 
further her education. Prior to that she had graduated with honors from the Alma 
Public Schools in 1933 as Valedictorian of her class. 

After a short period of employment in private industry in Washington, she began 
a career in the Federal government and later retired from the Dept. of Commerce. 

On Feb. 17, 1941 she married Clayton Leroy (Roy) Long who was born Feb. 12, 
1917 in Gladstone, Oregon. Both were employed at the Securities and Exchange 
Commission in Washington. 

Roy came to Washington in 1935 and attended Southeastern University. He 
joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and after World War II where he was on duty in the 
Pacific area he returned to Washington D.C. and joined the Dept. of State, where he 
instructed hundreds of students training for overseas duty in the deciphering of secret 
codes. He retired in 1968 and shortly thereafter he and his wife moved to Ormond 
Beach, Florida. 

Grace and Roy were the first couple to be married in the Alma Methodist Church 
which was built in 1941. In the will of Graces' s, one tenth of her estate was 
bequeathed to the church where she and Roy were married. This church is now used 
as a social hall, but there has been built a new church nearby. The very large single 
stained glass window in the front of the church facing Church Street was purchased, 
as a Memorial to Grace, from some of the proceeds of the one tenth of her estate 
bequeathed to the church. In the history of the Alma Methodist Church, this was the 
first time the church had ever been the beneficiary of an estate. 

Roy and Grace were at one time very active members of the Delray Methodist 
Church in Alexandria, Va. later after moving to Florida they united with the 
Methodist Church there. 

Roy was a member of the Masonic Lodge 285 F and AM in Arlington, Va. and the 
Bahia Temple Shrine in Orlanda, Florida. Both Roy and Grace were bowling 
enthusiasts and after their move from Virginia to Florida, Roy took up golf as a 
recreation. 

Roy died suddenly at Halifax Hospital Dec. 17, 1974 of a heart attack. He is 
buried in a crypt in the Rosehill Cemetery in Alma, Georgia. 

Grace died March 23, 1977 in Ormond Beach Orthopedic Hospital in Ormond 
Beach, Fla. She is buried beside her husband in a crypt in the Rosehill Cemetery in 
Alma, Ga. 

They had no children. 

TAYLOR, HAZEL PAULINE (Donohoe) 

Hazel Pauline, the eighth child born to Walter Leon (Nick) and Flora Tuten Taylor 
was born, November 21, 1918 in Alma and delivered by the family doctor, Dr. E.G. 
Perkins. She was christened soon after birth as was always a family custom. She 
began her education and graduated from the Alma Public Schools. 

Soon after graduation she moved to Washington, D.C. to make her home with an 
older sister Bonnie. She attended business school and subsequently was employed by 



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the A & P Corporation. She married September 30, 1944 John Chamberlain Donohoe 
at a ceremony in the St. Ann Rectory, Catholic Church in Washington D.C., on 
Wisconsin Ave. 

John is the son of John Patrick Donohoe and Jennie S. Chamberlain of Pittsburg, 
Pennslvania. John is the son of a pioneer American family. In the 1930-1931 edition of 
''Who's Who in America", he was listed as a coal operator and was at that period 
considered by many to be one of the country's leading metallurgists. John's parents 
are both deceased and are buried in the Greensburg, Penna. Catholic Cemetery. 

John was employed in Washington, D.C. by the Coast and Geodetic Survey in 
1937, and retired from that agency after 33 years of service in 1970. He was graduated 
from Notre Dame University in 1932. He was born Feb. 14, 1909 in Denver, Colorado. 
After Hazel's retirement from the Dept. of Defense, Washington, D.C. in 1973, they 
both continued to live in their home in Alexandria Va. John died of cancer at the age 
of 68, December 12, 1977 and is buried in the family plot in Ivy Hill Cemetery, 
Alexandria, Va. 

To John and Hazel was born only one child Jean Marie, July 3, 1945 in 
Washington, D.C. Homeopathic Hospital. After the family moved to Alexandria, Va. 
Jean Marie entered public schools there and graduated June 9, 1963 from Francis C. 
Hammond High School. She then entered government service in the Office of 
International Trade, Dept. of Commerce Washington, D.C. She is employed there 
today (1979) as a Management Analyst. 

On October 4, 1969 in Fairfax, Va. Jean married Edward Andrew Leslie VI who 
was born January 8, 1934 in St. Charles, Illinois. He was the son of Edward Andrew 
Leslie V and Lilli Eckerhart. Lilli was born April 26, 1894 in Bergen Norway. 

Jean and Ed are members of the St Clements Episcopal Church, Quaker Lane, 
Alexandria, Va. 

They have two children: Christiana Marie and Mariana Elisabeth. "Christy" was 
born October 1, 1971 in the Alexandria Hospital and christened November 21, 1971 in 
the Christ Episcopal Church, Alexandria. Mariana was born in the Alexandria 
Hospital April 13, 1978. The Leslie family resides on Davis Avenue in Alexandria, Va. 

Ed is employed in the same agency as is his wife Jean, where they first met. He 
is a International Economist for the Dept. of Commerce, International Trade. He 
graduated from George Washington University with a degree in Economics. 

TAYLOR, EDWARD HAROLD 

Harold is the ninth child born to Walter Leon (Nick) and Flora Tuten Taylor on 
April 18, 1920 and delivered by the family physician Dr. E.G. Perkins, at home. 

He grew up on a 52 acre farm within the city limits of Alma, as did all of his nine 
brothers and sisters. He attended the public schools in Alma and at a very early age it 
was obvious that fariming in some one area or another would be his life's work or 
hobby. 

He enlisted in the Air Force October 1, 1943 and was sent to Ft. McPherson, Ga. 
where he was assigned to the Fifth Air Force; 345th Bomber Group, 298 Bomber 
Squadron. His number was 14139367. From January 1944 to October 1945 he served 
his country in the Asiatic South Pacific battle area. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant 
and received nine Battle Stars and other Company Citations. He was discharged 



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October 23, 1945 from Ft. McPherson, Ga. and returned to make his home with his 
mother in Alma. 

While on leave from his duty station he met, in Washington D.C., Miss Clara 
Mae Griffis whom he later married in her home town of Sere van, Ga. , September 21, 
1947. Clara Mae is the daughter of Fillmore and Minnie Wright Griffis. They have 
resided in Alma, except for short residences in Washington, Miami and Screvan, 
since their marriage in 1947. 

To them were born: Julia Maurice on July 7, 1949 and Wilma Darnell on 
December 23, 1952. Julia Maurice started her education and graduated from the 
public schools in Alma. While there she received many honors, some were (1) 4 4 Girl of 
the Month" in the FHA Chapter, (2) "Most Valuable Versatile" in the Junior Class, 
(3) Senior Class "Girl of the Month" (4) Homecoming Queen, and others. Maurice 
graduated in the class of 1967. She was later employed by the Bell Telephone 
Company in Macon later returning to Alma where she was married to a former class 
mate Glover Scott, February 3, 1968, by the Rev. William Dupree. Glover is the son of 
William and Evalyn Foreman Scott of Bacon County. Maurice and Glover have two 
children: Robert Harold born Feb. 11, 1972 and Clara Nichole born Jan. 10, 1976. 

Glover is Director of Public Works for the City of Alma and Maurice is employed 
in the office of the Satilla RE A. They reside in their home of the land of her parents 
Harold and Clare Mae. 

Darnell began her education and graduated in June 1970 from the Alma public 
schools, an honor student. She attended South Georgia College and the University of 
Georgia where she received a degree in Math. She married March 18, 1973 Oliver 
Vernon Sapp HI in Alma. Vernie is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Vernon Sapp Jr. of 
West Green, Coffee Co. Georgia. He is a graduate of the Coffee County High School 
and attended the Unversity of Georgia majoring in Agriculture Economics. They have 
two children: Dasha Marand, a girl born November 5, 1974 and a girl Susan Maurice 
born June 26, 1979. 

Darnell was honored for her scholastic achievements in High School as well as 
others honors, one among many was "Homecoming Queen." She and Vernie reside 
in Swainsboro, Ga. where he is Manager of "Credit Thrift," a lending firm and 
Darnell is a Math instructor in the Swainsboro High School. 

The entire Taylor family are members and active in the Alma United Methodist 
Church. Harold is Supervisor for Maintenance in the City of Alma Housing Authority, 
and Clara Mae is a housewife, mother and grandmother. 

TAYLOR, HELEN RUTH [BISHOP-FREHE] 

Helen Ruth is the tenth and last child of Walter Leon (Nick) and Flora Tuten 
Taylor. She was born December 29, 1922 in Alma at home and delivered by the family 
physician, Dr. E.C. Perkins. She was educated in the public schools of Alma and after 
moving to Washington, D.C. completed her education at Hine's Junior High and 
Western High School in the Georgitown area of Washington. 

On December 4, 1943 she married Albert Marshall Bishop in an impressive 
wedding ceremony at The Petworth Methodist Church in Washington. Albert was 
born April 1, 1906 in Schenectady, N.Y., the son of a Methodist Minister, The Rev. 
Thomas Morely Bishop and his wife Edna Ella Shilling. Albert at the time of their 



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marriage was General Manager of Smith's Transfer and Storage Co. Albert was a 
graduate of Syracuse receiving a degree in Business Administration. 

In 1945 Albert and Helen established Home Moving And Storage Company, 
Albert President, and Helen Secretary and Treasurer, which grew to be one of 
Washington's largest moving and Storage companies. Due to ill health Albert 
dissolved the company in 1970. 

Helen and Albert were members of the Methodist Church in Chevy Chase, D.C. 
all during their married life and active in all phases of church work. Each at one time 
or another was President of the Chevy Chase Lions Club and the Ladies Auxilliary and 
devoted many hours of Volunteer work in the Lions Club Charities, such as the 
Eye Bank and the Prevention of Blindness. 

Born to them was only one child, a son, Robert Thomas, on August 25, 1944, in 
Sibley Hospital, Washington, D.C. Bobby (as he is known) graduated from Wilson 
High School in Washington, D.C. in 1962. From then until 1965 he attended American 
University where he was an active member of his Fraternity. After college he served 
in the U.S. Army and for most of his service he was stationed in Wiesbaden, 
Germany. 

Following his military service he joined the family business as Sales Manager 
until 1970 when he became associated with an Agent for Allied Movers as Sales 
Manager, a position he holds today. 

On October 4, 1969 Bobby married Bernadine Margaret Ross at The St. James 
Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia. Bernadine is the daughter of Charles 
Bernard Ross (born Sept. 14, 1898) and Rose Bernadine Rodgers, (born April 12, 
1912). 

To Bobby and Bernadine were born two daughters, Cheryl Brooke on April 14, 
1973, and Lauren Rose on March 5, 1977, both born in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Albert Marshall Bishop retired from the family owned business in 1970 and died 
in Suburban Hospital on December 31, 1975. He in interred in the family plot in Fort 
Lincoln Cemetery in Washington, D.C. 

Helen Ruth married Walter Fred Frehe in Alexandria, Va. May 28, 1976. Walter 
was stationed at the Marine Base in Okinawa, Japan and shortly after their marriage 
he and Helen returned to his service station in Japan. Fred is the only son of Fred and 
Hannah Frehe of Pt. Orange, Florida. He has one sister Evelyn who resides with her 
parents. Walter was educated and graduated from Public Schools in New York City 
and nearby New Jersey. Soon after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp 
from which he retired in 1974, as a Master Sergeant. He and Helen reside in Ormond 
Beach, Fla., where Walter is employed. 



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10§ 



1. Top Row; Eileen Hoffman, Wilma Taylor, Bonnie Baker. Bottom Row; Hazel 
Donohoe, Grace Long, Helen Frehe. 1936 Washington, D.C. 

2. Flora Taylor, Walter Leon Taylor. 1930's Alma, Georgia. 

3. Flora Taylor. 1952 Alma, Georgia. 

4. Jean Leslie, Hazel Donohoe, Flora Taylor, Helen Frehe, Bonnie Baker. 1960's 
Alma, Georgia. 

5. Eva Netherlands Taylor, and friend (name unknown) 1920 Columbus, Georgia. 

6. Flora Taylor 1950's Washington, D.C. 

7. Flora Taylor, 70th Birthday. 1954 Alma, Georgia. 

8. Flora Taylor, W.L. Taylor, Bonnie Faye Taylor. 1936 Washington, D.C. 

9. Leon Taylor, Step daughter 3rd wife (names unknown) 1960's Jonesboro, Ga. 

10. Frank C. Weaver and daughter (name unknown). 1940's New Orleans, La. 

11. Flora Taylor. 1950's Fernandina Beach, Fla. 

12. Drieu Taylor 1930's Washington, D.C. 

13. Mrs. H.W. Harvey, Mrs. Flora Taylor 1952 Alma, Georgia. 

14. Ruth Weaver, her nephew (name unknown) 1930's New Orleans, La. 

15. Ruth Weaver Bose 1950's Holly Hill, Fla. 

16. W.L. Taylor 1938 Alma, Georgia. 

17. Harold Taylor, Clara Mae Taylor 1947 Screven, Ga. 

18. Ruth Weaver 1930's New Orleans, La. 

19. Flora Taylor 1950's Alma, Georgia. 



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1. (Top) Theron Taylor, Grace Long, Harold Taylor, Bonnie Baker. (Bottom) Helen 
Frehe, Hazel Donohoe, Wilma Taylor. 1960 's Alma, Georgia. 

2. Hazel and John Donohoe 1970's Alexandria, Va. 

3. Harold Taylor Louisiana. 

4. John and Hazel Donohoe 1971 Maderia Beach, Florida. 

5. Wilma Taylor 1960 's Alma, Georgia. 

6. Jean Donohoe Leslie 1960 Alexandria, Va. 

7. Wilma Taylor 1960's Alma, Georgia. 

8. (Top) Verney and Darnell Sapp, Maurice and Glover Scott (Bottom) Clara Mae and 
Harold Taylor, Robbie Scott 1970 Alma, Georgia. 

9. Christy Anna and Mariana Leslie 1978 Alexandria, Va. 

10. Coleman Taylor 1940 Claussen, S.C. 

11. Jean Donohoe Leslie 1963 Alexandria, Va. 

12. Theron Taylor, Bonnie Taylor 1932 Washington, D.C. 

13. Maudine and Drieu Taylor 1950's Washington, D.C. 

14. Flora Taylor, Theron Taylor and Louise Coleman Taylor 1936 Washington D.C. 

15. John and Hazel Donohoe 1960 Alexandria, Va. 

16. Theron Taylor, W.L. Taylor 1940's Washington, D.C. 

17. Josie Tuten Lee 1940's Daytona Beach, Fla. 

18. Home of Bonnie T. Baker 1953 Alma, Georgia. 



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1. Mark Etherton 1966 Bethesda, Md. 

2. Sandra and W.E. Taylor, Jr. 1960 Washington, D.C. 

3. Jean and Edward Leslie 1969 Alexandria, Va. 

4. Christy Anna Leslie, Lauren Rose Bishop 1978 Alexandria, Va. 

5. Bonnie Faye, Donald and Mark Etherton 1966 Bethesda, Md. 

6. Jane Taylor 1965 Alma, Georgia. 

7. Drieu Taylor and Darnell Taylor 1953 Alma, Georgia. 

8. Bonnie Faye Taylor 1952 Alma, Georgia. 

9. Ethel Teston Taylor, Jane and Lawton Taylor 1955 Alma, Georgia. 

10. Jane and Lawton Taylor 1953 Alma, Georgia. 

11. Sandra Shenefelt Taylor, Ethel Taylor, Mrs. Shenefelt (Mother) and W.E. Taylor, 
Jr. 1960 Washington, D.C. 

12. W.E. Taylor, Jr. 1941 Alma, Georgia. 

13. Donald and Bonnie Faye Etherton and John and Hazel Donohoe 1960 Washington 
D.C. 

14. Jane Taylor 1952 Alma, Georgia. 



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1. Wilma, Bonnie, Hazel, Helen, Grace and Eileen (Taylor's) 1960 Alma, Georgia. 

2. Bonnie Taylor 1925 Alma, Georgia. 

3. Bonnie Taylor and Model "A" Ford 1928 Alma, Georgia. 

4. Bonnie Taylor Baker 1976 Alma, Georgia. 

5. Bonnie Faye Taylor and Bonnie Taylor Baker 1952 Atlanta, georgia. 

6. Bonnie Taylor Baker 1948 Alexandria, Va. 

7. Joefrey Jones, 2nd man unknown, Bonnie Taylor Baker and H.L. Causey 1957 
Alma, Georgia. 

8. Bonnie Taylor Baker 1950' s Alexandria, Va. 

9. Bonnie Taylor 1935 Washington, D.C. 

10. Fred and Bonnie Baker 1940 Alexandria, Va. 

11. Bonnie Taylor 1937 Washington, D.C. 

12. Bonnie Taylor Baker 1957 Alexandria Va. 

13. Bonnie Taylor Baker 1957 Alma, Georgia. 

14. Bonnie Taylor Baker 1950 5 s Alexandria, Va. 

15. Bonnie Taylor Baker 1940's Alexandria, Va. 



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1. Bonnie Taylor Baker 1957 Alma, Georgia. 

2. Darnell and Verney Sapp Alma, Georgia. 

3. Home of Theron and Louise Taylor Claussen, S.C. 

4. Louise and Theron Taylor 1940's N. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

5. Bonnie Taylor Baker and Wesley Johnson. (Baker appointed Bacon County 
Historian) 1980 Alma, Georgia. 

6. Kimberly Davis. Farmville, Va. (Daughter of Jane Taylor Davis and Gordon Davis. 

7. John Oliver 1974 Alexanderia, Va. 

8. Donald, Bonnie Faye, David and Mark Etherton. 1970 Bethesda, Md. 

9. Nichole Scott 

10. Robbie Scott 



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1. Wilma, Hazel, Ewing, Grace, Helen, Bonnie, Theron, Eileen and Harold 
(Taylor's) 1968 Alma, Ga. 

2. Hazel, Eileen, Grace, Bonnie and Helen (Taylor's) 1966 Alexanderia, Va. 

3. Ewing, Hazel, Eileen, Bonnie, Harold, Grace, Wilma and Helen (Taylor's) 1960 
Washington, D.C. 

4. Top; Helen, Grace, Bonnie Bottom; Eileen, Hazel, Wilma (Taylor's) 1960 
Washington, D.C. 

5. Top; Eileen, Ann (Daughter of Eileen) and Bonnie. Bottom; Kathy (Daughter of , 
Eileen) and great grand baby of Eileen. 1980 Ormand Beach, Fla. 

6. Bobby Bishop (Son of Helen) 1964 Washington, D.C. 

7. Grace Long (25th Anniversary) 1966 Alexanderia, Va. 



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1. Bonnie, Eileen, Grace, Hazel, Harold, and Helen (Taylor's) 1943 Washington, 
D.C. 

2. Grace, Hazel, Drieu, Wilma (Taylor's) 1937 Washington, D.C. 

3. Bonnie, Vesta Lee Mercer, Hazel, and Jean Donuhoe (Daughter of Hazel) 1960 
Washington, D.C. 

4. 1936 Dodge Sedan, year 1938, Callender, Ontario. 

5. Top; Helen, Grace, Bonnie. Bottom; Eileen, Hazel, and Wilma (Taylor's) 1960 
Washington, D.C. 

6. W.L. Taylor, Farm House 1930's Alma, Georgia. 

7. Cody School, Bacon County (Bonnie Taylor taught here) 1927 Bacon County. 

8. Model "A" Ford 1932 Washington, D.C. 



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1. Ann Oliver, Bernaditte Wiles, Fred Baker, and Bonnie Baker. 1940 Virginia 
Beach, Va. 

2. Grace, Eileen, Hazel (Taylor's) 1933 Alma, Georgia. 

3. Pamela Oliver (Granddaughter of Eileen Taylor Oliver Hoffman) 1973 
Alexanderia, Va. 

4. Pamela Oliver 1967 Alexanderia, Va. 

5. Robbie Oliver (Son of Charles Oliver) 1973 Alexanderia, Va. 

6. Top; Hazel and John Donohoe, Maurice, Debbie, and Glover Scott, Harold Taylor. 
Bottom; Bernadette McCowen and Clara Mae Taylor. 1974 Alma, Georgia. 

7. Ewing, Theron, Harold (Taylor's) 1968 Alma, Georgia. 

8. Maurice Taylor Scott and Charles Oliver 1950 Alma, Georgia. 

9. Ann Oliver, Jean Donohoe, Charles Oliver 1950 Alexanderia, Va. 

10. Eileen And Ann Oliver 1947 Alexanderia, Va. 

11. Robbie Oliver 1970 Alexanderia, Va. 

12. Cathy Pen, Pamela Oliver, Susan, Carolyn and Terry Lee Penn 1964 Washington, 
D.C. 

13. Gary Pen (Grandson of Eileen Taylor Oliver Hoffman) 1964 Washington, D.C. 

14. Robbie Oliver (Son of Charles Oliver) 1970's Alexanderia, Va. 

15. Jean Marie Donohoe and Charles Oliver 1950 Alexanderia, Va. 

16. Wilma Taylor, Louise and Theron Taylor, Flora Taylor and baby Maurice Taylor 
and Clara Mae Taylor. 1949 Alma, Georgia. 



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1. Bottom Row; John and Pamela Oliver, Cathy Penn, Baby Carolyn Penn, Baby 
Susan Penn, Gary Penn, Terry Lee Penn on lap of Don Etherton. Second Row; Helen 
Bishop, Darnell Taylor, Eileen Oliver, Grace Taylor Long, Maurice Taylor, Albert 
Bishop. Third Row; Bobby Bishop, Wilma Taylor, Hazel Donohoe, Jane Taylor, W.E. 
Taylor, Sr. holding Walter Taylor the 3rd, and Sandra Taylor. Fourth Row; Bonnie 
Etherton and Bonnie Taylor Baker. Back Row; Ewing and Ethel Taylor and Donald 
Penn, John Donohoe, Harold and Clara Mae Taylor, Charles and Jean Oliver, Roy 
Long and Jean Marie Donohoe. 1960's Washington, D.C. Family Reunion. 

2. Walter Leon (Nick) Taylor 1905 Alma, Georgia. 

3. Wiliam Bartow Tuten (Father of Flora Tuten Taylor) 1890 Baxley, Georgia. 

4. Flora Tuten Taylor 1905 Alma, Georgia. 



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1. Silas Roberson (Grandfather to Flora Tuten Taylor) 1908 Surrency, Ga. 

2. Harriet Kemp Miles (Great grandmother of Flora Tuten Taylor. 1880 's 
County, Ga. 



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CERTIFICATION 

GEORGIA, BACON COUNTY. 

I, ROY T, BOATRIGHT, Clerk of the Superior Court of Bacon 
County, Georgia, do hereby certify that the foregoing, consisting 
of four (4) pages, is a full, true and complete copy of the famil 
record of the Family Bible as shown to me, as follows: 

FAMILY RECORD 

Page No. 1 BIRTHS 

James Kemp \ John Miles 

Page No, 2 

Nancy Miles Herman Martin 

MARRIAGES 

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John Miles and his wife, etc. Blank 
.DEATHS 

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James Kemp departed John Wesley Miles 

Given under my hand and the official seal of said Court at 
Alma, Georgia, in the county aforesaid, on this the 19th day of 
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IN MEMORIUM 
WILLIAM BARTOW TUTBN 



IN MEMORIUM. \ ' 

Whkkeas: The death angel 
hns visited our Lodge, broken 
our chain and removed from 
earth our beloved and much es- 
j teetne.4 brother' Past Master, W. 
B. Tuten. 

..'Brother Tuten was born in Ap- 
pling County, Ga., on the 28 day 
of November 1301, and departed 
this life '-on- the 23 day of Octo- 
ber 1896, being 35 years, 10, * 
months, and 25 days of age. ! ■'■ 

Brother Tuten was initiated in- 
to (he mysteries of Free Masonry, , 
in Holmcsviile Lodge on the 7th, 
day of June 1884, and from that 
.day to the day of his tfrath he • 
remained a worthy and cisistent 
member, ever being rea^y and 
willing to discharge all duties re- 
quired of him by the Lodge. He 
served on important committees 
and filled several subordinate sta- 
tions with such ability and satis- 
faction to his brethren that by . 
their suffrage, they elected' him ; 
Worshipful Master of the Lodge, 
the; highest honor that can be be- 
b towed on any member, in a aub- 
onjinatf IxnJge. And; '.as in all 
other stations Brother Tuten filled 
the 'station with credit to himself; 
and In retiring from the chair' 
carried with him the confidence 
:an4 esteetfi of all his brethren, , 

In pur! weakness we are unable 
io u BoU^ Me .great mysteped of i 
Him t who ruled and gov* #^ : tk$f 



wh^i Brother Tnren via the 1 vigor 
of /manhood should ') bs out down 
by ''the all-devouring ecythe of 
time and gathered into the land 
where our fathers have gone} yet, 
we ■know it is best, and bow with 
humble submission to the will of 
Ilim who doeth all things well, 
feeling that our loss now is Bro- 
ther Tuten's eternal gain and 
that he has been transplanted to 
the celestial Lodge above, presi- 
ded, over by the Supreme Archi- 
tect of the universe, and is now 
participating in refreshments of 
eternal duration. 

Therefore be it Resolved, , 1st. 
That in the death of Past Master 
W. B* Tuten, Ilolmesville Lodge 
has lost one of its worthiest and 
moat useful men hers. His family 
; an afFectionate husband and father 
and the community au honorable 
and useful citizen. 

Sfnd. That we tender to his 
■ family and relatives our most 
respectful condolence in their sad i 
bereavement . 

3rd, That a page in our min- 
utes be inscribed aud dedicated 
to his memmory. 

4th. That this preamble and 
these resolutions be entered upon 
: our minutes and a certified copy 
be presented to his family and a! 
copy be furnished Tun BaxLey 
Banner for publication. >' 

All of which is fraternally 
submitted. v 
J ', ; , & IL Patterson, 
■ / •: J*. L Weaver* 

^ J. J. Williama,, 

'■ * ' . Committee* 
&ttle# Ga., peaiSG, 1896. >■> 



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BAGON COUNTY BCftRD OFCXDMMISaONERS 

POST OFFICE BOX 356 - TELEPHONE 632-5214 • ALMA, GEORGIA 31510 



March $ s 1980 



CHAIRMAN 

Wesley Johnson 

COMMISSIONERS 

Keith Bennett 
Zadc Johnson 

CLERK-TREASURER 
Margurite Boatright 

COUNTY ATTORNEY 
Jones & Solomon 



Mrs* Bonnie T # Baker 

201 Flora Lane 

Alma, Georgia 31^10 

Dear Mrs* Baker: 

At the regular meeting of the Bacon County Board of 
Commissioners on March Ij., 1980, a motion was made and 
passed unanimous to appoint you as Bacon County Historian, 

We are enclosing a copy of the appointment as written in 
the Minute Book of the Board of Commissioners on page 25>1 
of Minute Book No* 2. 

We are pleased to make this appointment and hope that you 
will accept* 



Sincerely yours, 

Bacon County Board of Coram* 

C^P^ Chairman ^ 



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BACON GOUNTY BCHRD Cf COMMISSIONERS 

POST OFFICE BOX 356 - TELEPHONE 632-5214 - ALMA, GEORGIA 31510 



CHAIRMAN 

Wesley Johnson 

COMMISSIONERS 
Keith Bennett 
Zack J ohnson 

CLERK-TREASURE 

Margurtte Boatrigh 

COUNTY ATTORNE 

Jones & Solomon 



March k$ 1980 

Bacon County has not had an Official Historian since 
the death of Mr* Paxil Hayden, Sr. on Nov* 15, 1956 • 
Now that our County is widely known and acclaimed for 
it being the location of the smallest Model City in 
the U*S*A* and other reasons, it is timely and import- 
ant that the long vacant position be filled * 
Mrs* Bonnie Taylor Baker is the Co-Pounder and Director 
of the Historical Society of Alma and Bacon County, arid 
has been for the past six years, and as such has acted 
in the capacity of Historian for the City and County* 
We, the Commissioners of Bacon County do hereby recognize 
her work in this connection and a motion was made by Zack 
Johnson, seconded by Keith Bennett,, voted on and passed 
unanimous to appoint Mrs, Baker to the vacant position of 
Bacon County Historian* 

Voted on and passed this ij/th* Day of March, 1980* 
Recorded in Minute Book No. 2, Page 2£l. 



Attest: Margurite Boatright, Clerk Wesley Johnson, Chairman 



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MRS. BONNIE TAYLOR BAKER 
20! FLORA LANE 
ALMA, GEORGIA 31510 



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